2014 Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2014 vintage was the first in a series of consistently warmer growing seasons. With age, this wine has come into its own and is drinking beautifully. Aromatics of cherry compote, red jam, and cranberry sauce, with a hint of spice, make the nose reminiscent of the holiday season. The palate is weighted with dense tannins that soften on the finish. And, fun fact, the label image is a shot of our now Winemaker, Katie Santora, during harvest back when she was an associate winemaker.
The oldest vines planted on Ribbon Ridge show elegance and balance in this powerful vintage. Elements of red and black fruit aromas are accentuated on the palate with mineral, black cherry, baking spices, bramble and tobacco. Complexity, fine tannins, bright acidity and nice length showcase this wine worthy of aging for decades.
Mark 2014 as one of those rare vintages when everyone is excited. Wine quality is excellent and based on full ripeness, probably the cleanest fruit we’ve seen in decades. Harvest timing gave us restrained extraction in fermentation and reasonable alcohols averaging just under 14% despite a warm growing season and good cropload balance. Pinot Noir colors are appropriately rich but not deep, wines not tannic or over-extracted and all is right with the world.
2014 - Robust | Lingering | Dark Cherry
92 Points - James Suckling,
91 Points - Vinous
91 Points - Wine & Spirits
91 Points - Wine Spectator
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