Wine-making has been around nearly as long as human civilization itself. So when the first English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island, they brought wine-making along with them. They soon found two kinds of wild grapes growing on the island, which helped sustain them and the natives they soon encountered. Though it would be a while before wine-making began in earnest in the New World, a 400-year-old strand of that grape still grows on the island, a clipping of which will soon be planted at American Pioneer Wine Growers new vineyard in Geyserville, California.
To commemorate this, they are releasing four bottles of wine to reveal the name of the vineyard. The second of those bottles is Manteo, named after the Native American chief who helped the colonists and later became a trusted diplomat. A rich Sonoma County red blend crafted with 28% Syrah, 16% Petit Verdot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec, and 2% Zinfandel, Manteo debut vintage offers depth and balance along with rich, flagrant flavors of boysenberries, black cherries and cassis; featuring aromatic spices of pink peppercorns and notes of earthy minerals, tobacco leaves and smoky, toasted oak.
A truly remarkable bottle with a rich back story, Manteo is a bottle history won’t soon forget.