Wind Ridge ranks among the youngest blocks on Chehalem’s oldest estate vineyard, a now 35-year-old planting and partnership among founding winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry in Newberg and Dayton vintner Bill Stoller. During this supreme vintage, they harvested the blocks of Dijon and Pommard clones during a span of four days starting Oct. 7 from a crop load as low as 1.2 tons per acre, which reached as high as 25.7 Brix. Showy influences from new oak (33%) create aromas of red plum, red currant, mocha, coffee, caramel and white pepper. On the palate, rich and red tones take the lead as flashy Montmorency cherry and pomegranate flavors balance the tannin structure of espresso grounds with great acidity. Suggested pairings include beef roasts, Duck Confit, pork tenderloin and salmon.
Production: 145 cases