2019 M & J Becker Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 M & J Becker Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 M & J Becker Manchester Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Throwing away a career in finance, Aussie James Becker found his new calling after some life changing events saw him end up in California making wine. Since that time James and his wife Meagan have moved back home to the Hunter Valley where they are now a part of the new guard based in the Hunter, fighting to reshape the region and its rigid preconceptions surrounding the growth and production of wine.
M&J Becker Wines was also realised in that time to focus on Meagan and James’ passion for the region, and its ability to produce dry–grown and environmentally sustainable wine. Now fully established, James and his wife Meagan return to Mendocino County once a year to produce small quantities of single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay..

This wine hails from the Manchester Ridge vineyard on the Mendocino Ridge in Northern California. There is a cool maritime breeze which blows in from the Pacific Ocean allowing for a long hang time, and providing the grapes ample time to reach optimal ripeness. Making their wines with a focus on minimal intervention, their estate vineyard is currently in the process of conversion to certified organics.

Without a doubt - the best Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy I've had in years!

Tasting Note:
Made from two clones and fermented with a portion of whole cluster, this Pinot was grown at 950 meters above sea level, pressed to neutral barriques and matured for 12 months in oak.  This wine has a beautiful and vivid ruby red colour with mocha coffee aromas and vibrant raspberries on the nose. On the palate morello cherry, spearmint, liquorice and smoky oak integrate on the middle palate and gamey tannins play at the finish. Sublime stuff.

This is a Dry, Medium bodied wine with High acidity and Medium tannin. It is Medium+ in it's intensity with Medium alcohol and a Long finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:

Pinot Noir


United States







Oaked or Unoaked:

Neutral Oak



Style (R/S):


Aged Before Release:

12 Months in Oak


Sustainable / Converting to Organics


Drink Now or Cellar Up To 5+ Years