Ayres is knocking it out of the park. Once again, our favorite bottling within their line-up is Lewis Rodgers Lane, named for the road on which the winery and vineyard are located. Estate grown, Ribbon Ridge Pinot noir, this delicious and this price? It’s basically unheard of. The ’14 is a prime example of Ribbon Ridge Pinot, gushing with wild berries underscored by savory earth tones.
“Lewis Rodgers Lane is an attempt to capture our vineyard in a glass,“ says winemaker Brad McLeroy. “If our vineyard could speak, this bottle is what it would say. It’s a blend of all five Pinot Noir clones in our estate vineyard; it highlights what mother nature gave us in the vintage. It is elegant and rich, with a dark fruit profile, subtle spice & earth, and a long finish.”
“It may do the best job of expressing our full site, since we get to blend. It can lead to the better aromatics and more complexities. We don’t use much new oak; we want the great terroir of Ribbon Ridge to speak more loudly than the barrel.”
The Ayres philosophy: "We believe our wine has a soul. We believe our wine gives voice to the soil. We believe that our wine guides us as much as we guide our wine. It’s about reciprocity. It’s a relationship that begins in the vineyard, from the first sign of bud break to the last cluster harvested.
Founded in 2000, Ayres includes 18 acres planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 667, 115, 777, 113, and Pommard all situated on a gently eastern sloping hill. Willakenzie soils predominate the vineyard. They are committed to sustainable growing practices; their health, the earth’s health, and the health of the plant are their top priorities.