Chehalem Wines 2012 Ridgecrest Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $80

By on September 24, 2015

chehalem-ridgecrest-vineyards-reserve-pinot-noir-2012-bottleThe oldest vineyard in the Pacific Northwest’s smallest American Viticultural Area shines in the hands of second-generation winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry, and this bottling marks her first vintage as head winemaker. The family connection to the property runs deeper as her birth year coincides with the purchase of this parcel — 1980. LIVE certified sustainable fruit spent 11 months in 42% new French barrels, which helps make for aromas of black currant, Marionberry, cola, leather and tar. Inside, it’s filled with plums, red currant and Western serviceberry, backed by pomegranate acidity, plum skin tannins and figs.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 463 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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One Comment

  1. Harry Peterson-Nedry says:

    Thanks for the great review!

    By-the-way, Wynne’s birth year and Ridgecrest’s purchase was in 1980, NOT 90, for accuracy’s sake.

    Harvest’s almost done!

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