Utopia Wines 2017 The Utopia Vineyard Estate Reserve Paradise Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $65

By on October 1, 2020
utopia wines estate reserve paradise pinot noir 2017 bottle - Utopia Wines 2017 The Utopia Vineyard Estate Reserve Paradise Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $65

Silicon Valley refugee Daniel Warnshuis found a 17-acre site on Ribbon Ridge between famed Penner-Ash Wine Cellars and Adelsheim Vineyard where he’s created his own history. By 2008, his vineyard was certified under the Low Input Viticulture Enology program, and the next vintage marked the debut of his Paradise program. For his expression of Paradise from the 2017 growing season, he focused on his clones of Wadenswil, Pommard and Dijon 777, chose 100% whole fermentation and then devoted 11 months to a Burgundian oak program of 35% new wood. Those combined efforts make for aromas of caramel, blueberry and Herbes de Provence with secondary notes of Graham cracker, coconut and lime oil. The palate is focused on fruit, a cast of cassis, pomegranate and cherry skins that make for a pleasant and bright structure with nicely managed alcohol.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 404 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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