Wine Stats

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  • Vintage: 2014
  • Brix at Harvest: 23.5
  • Finished TA: 5.65 g/L
  • AVAs: Ribbon Ridge
  • Cases: 144
  • Aging: 100% Neutral Oak
  • Harvest Dates: 9/2014
  • Bottling Date: 7/2015
  • Release Date: Spring 2016

2014 D122

Pinot Noir

purchase

$60

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Harvest 2014 was an Oregon winemaker’s dream vintage: almost too magical and perfect to be true. The warmer-than-normal start to the growing season persisted through the fall and ultimately led to an early harvest throughout the Willamette Valley. We began picking on September 18th at Nysa Vineyard and wrapped up on September 26th at Maresh vineyard. Thanks to the warm and dry fall, we had the luxury of picking our fruit at a leisurely pace. The first fruit arrived ripe and delicious, full of freshness, and with just the right amount of acidity. Each successive day brought us more of the same.

We have several smaller blocks here totaling 4 acres, equally split between Pommard and 777 clones, and all on the sedimentary Willakenzie soil. The vineyard slopes South-East, and is planted on 5’x5’ spacing. Surrounded by Beaux Frères Upper Terrace, Brick House and Bryce Vineyard, this is truly a favored site for Pinot Noir. Management is handled by top Oregon consultant Buddy Beck. Ribbon Ridge is a certified L.I.V.E./Salmon Safe vineyard.

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IAN, SCOTT PAUL WINE MAKER, IN THE WINERY

Tasting Notes

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Intensely violet in color. The brooding nose is balanced between notes of strawberry jam, cranberries and dried herbs. The salinity on the palate gives way to a big, lush, long silkiness on the palate.