Ridgecrest Pinot noir 2019
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The characteristics of Ribbon Ridge show through in classic form in 2019. Barrels from both the 37 year-old and 16 year-old plantings combine into one beautifully crafted blend of the old and the new(er). Old vine fruit gives a deep and dense quality dark chocolate bar note, plus Asian five-spice, rose, and cigar box on the nose; the more youthful vines add an edge of vibrant Bing cherry, mint, and juicy plum on the palate. Firm, lengthy tannins, balanced dark fruit, and bright fleshy acidity–this is poised to age for many years longer than it will likely last in your cellar.
From Wynne and Harry Peterson-Nedry: “2019 was an old school Willamette Valley Harvest: watching weather reports, valuing coffee over beer, charging bird cannon batteries, and consoling old friends newly moved to Oregon from California. Chats, waiting to offload an ancient truck’s fruit, were punctuated by “cool growing season, early rains, hang time, sugar, birds, electric sunset, botrytis, more birds, sunny days are overrated anyway...” Despite an old-school vintage, the concentration, depth of flavor, color and structure of recent years all seem to be there. And the old is new again!”
The Peterson-Nedrys are a pioneering Oregon wine family; they planted the first vines in 1982 on what has become one of Willamette Valley’s most famous sub-appellations, Ribbon Ridge, in Ridgecrest Vineyard. Nearly four decades later, father-daughter team of Harry and Wynne Peterson-Nedry have come full circle to focus on the oldest vines in their RR and Ridgecrest labels.
When we first set foot on Ribbon Ridge nearly 40 years ago, we knew it was something special. There was an indefinable magic to the place, in the lowslung, rolling hills that rise and fall like the breath of a slumbering child. It was undeniably alive, and bursting with potential.
In 1980 folks thought we were just plain nuts to plant wine grapes on that chilly rise located on the western edge of the Willamette Valley. The common thought at
the time was that the site was situated too far west for grapes - too windy, too foggy, too cool.
We naively followed our gut, planting the first vineyard on what would one day become one of the premier wine appellations in Oregon, the Ribbon Ridge AVA.
Ridgecrest Vineyards did not disappoint. Early barrel samples were encouraging. We studied it, continued to plant, and dug deeply.
After 34 harvests at Chehalem and 17 years crafting our cellar-worthy RR wines, we know these vineyards – the ins and outs, strengths, and peculiarities of each and every block. We’ve done our homework.
Now, it’s recess. We’re ready to come out and play.
Our new Ridgecrest label allows us to do just that – to experiment with all of those blocks, lots, and barrels that beg our attention every harvest – the ones we are
loathe to blend with others, because they are just so damned intriguing. Pinot Noir will be the mainstay of the Ridgecrest label, with supporting roles played by
Grüner Veltliner and Gamay." - the winery