Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mann Cellars - a family winery and vineyard in Gilroy

Mike Mann wanted to get away from the city life and raise his kids in the country. In 1978 Mike and Ruth Mann purchased a 20 acre prune orchard on the east side of Gilroy at the base of the Diablo range. In 1978 this was definitely country. Mike had a fondness for wine and wanted to grow some grapes. He planted his first vineyard in 1982 while these Santa Clara University graduates were working in Silicon Valley. Their weekends were busy working the vineyard along with a stubborn obstinate 1915 Caterpillar tractor.

By 1994 the Mann family was harvesting their first Merlot block at Mannstand Vineyards with the help of friends and family, all along learning the art of viticulture in a hands-on fashion. Their first customers were a few local wineries and home winemakers. Soon these wineries and home winemakers were winning gold medals with grapes from Mannstand Vineyards. Of course, the next step was to see if he also could make award-winning wines from his own grapes.

Over the years Mike has added more varietals to his vineyards including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Johannisberg Riesling, Syrah and more. He now produces a fine selection of wines all made with estate-grown fruit.

A particular favorite of many customers is the 2006 Mann Syrah. It has a deep ruby color and a bouquet of berry, oak and toffee. This wine delivers abundant fruit flavors of rich berry plus spices and white pepper with a sumptuous mouth-feel and notes of oak and cedar on the finish.

Mann 2006 Malbec has a deep red color with a bouquet of blackberry and blueberry. Flavors include dark fruits, rich blueberry, coconut and spice with an earthy texture and a long oak finish.

The Mann Cellars 2005 Merlot delivers a fruit forward nose of blackberry and cherry and adds in black currant, cocoa and spice on the palate. It has a long berry filled finish with a touch of oak.

The Mann Port is a special experience perfectly paired with a chocolate brownie. This port is a blend of Merlot and Malbec and has a deep ruby color and a bouquet of pomegranate, vanilla and raspberry. On the palate these same fruity flavors greet you along with rich currant, fig, honey and rum leading to a long finish.

Mann Cellars does not have a tasting room, but you can find their wines in many wine shops in the South Bay area.

For more info: Mann Cellars

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