All the best: a dozen great wines

By on October 19, 2014

Chehalem Wines 2011 Ridgecrest Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $50

chehalem-wines-ridgecrest-vineyards-pinot-noir-2011-label“Late, but ripe” aptly describes the vintage and this resulting estate product developed by the father/daughter team of Harry and Wynne Peterson-Nedry. A barrel program of 36% new oak leads to smoky and toasty aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, crushed herbs, ground savory and a hint of saddle leather. Next comes a racy entry of Rainier cherry and raspberry flavors joined by pomegranate and white strawberry. Lipsmacking acidity and abundant yet fine-grained tannins combine for pleasing length and an ageworthy structure. Comparisons to the 1999 and 2008 vintages have been made, and at this point, they seem appropriate.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 517 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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