This wine is the essence of RR: to have aged Willamette Valley Pinot noir, to hold half the production of each vintage for library and vintage vertical offerings.
The 2007 RR Pinot, when tasted recently, was an absolutely classic example of aged Oregon Pinot. The vintage shines through with forestry, spicy notes and sweet soil-tinged raspberry. Aged to perfection at the winery, it shows excellent clarity, punch and freshness.
Those of us who remember vintage 2007 remember it as challenging...and for many, that would be a euphemism. But out of challenging vintages, with seasoned winemakers and old vines, beautiful wines can and will be made. We think this wine is proof in the bottle.
Wynne Peterson-Nedry noted how the great tannin from the old vines in Ridgecrest paired with the elevated acidity of the 2007 vintage to create a wonderfully age-worthy Pinot noir.
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.
“"We decided to focus where our roots are, the land that's most important to us. That’s always been our passion, “ says Wynne. “From the beginning, our philosophy for RR has been to take a sense of place -- which has always been the oldest and best fruit on Ribbon Ridge -- and to bottle that essence.”
“RR and Ridgecrest wines are not designed for a mass market, but for serious aging and for understanding the potential of this special land mass called Ribbon Ridge. Their concentration, their blackness, their elegance, their textural excitement all stem from the vineyard -- its maturity, deep penetration of dry-farmed vines to find rock, nutrients and water, organic farming, limited yields.
Ribbon Ridge achieved American Viticultural Area (AVA) recognition in 2006, with plenty of help from the Peterson-Nedrys. While RR (obviously refers to Ribbon Ridge, “our winery has voluntarily suspended using Ribbon Ridge in its brand, preferring it to be used to the greater good of our community of grapegrowers.” The Oregon wine community’s collaborative nature comes to life through individual acts such as these.