2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ribbon Ridge AVA
Oct 6-10, 2013
11 months French oak
Sep 16, 2014
Although we had a cooler spell and a bit of rain in 2013 with red wines showing slightly lighter color intensities that doesn’t mean the fruit balance and structure are anything short of ideal. Asian spice and fruit is ample as well as cola fresh raspberry dusty black cherry plum pie cedar morels hints of earth and a balanced barrel component. We think this wine is a classic example of elegance showing finesse and texture over size with velour-like tannins a supple silky finish and impeccable balance.
GRAPES & VINEYARDS 100% Estate-Grown Pinot Noir from Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge AVA Oregon.HARVEST DATA Harvested 10/6-10/10/2013 @ 20.9-21.7 brix 3.23-3.42 pH and 5.2-6.5 g/L TA from 2.0-3.2 tons per acre cropload.FERMENTATION & COOPERAGE14-19 days total fermentation with 5-8 days pre-maceration. Aged 11 months in barrel racked once. 55% new and 20% 1-year-old French oak barrels.BOTTLING Crossflow filtered; bottled 9/16/2014.BOTTLING ANALYSES 13.0% alcohol 6.5 g/l TA 3.44 pH.AMOUNT PRODUCED 434 casesSUGGESTED RETAIL $80RELEASE DATE February 2016
Vintage Notes2013 is a Tale of Two Harvests—one very early and one normal with rain in-between. They started as one very early harvest thanks to a very consistent warm growing season the warmest on record up to final ripening mid-September. An unanticipated 30-year rain event of 5 inches then appeared the last days of September made of remnants from a typhoon that had hit Japan. Cool weather from then on slowed ripening and turned harvest into two discrete picks earlier and later picks apart by up to three weeks showing very good quality the coolness and longer hang-time a big benefit. Croploads were moderate-to-high wines early-on similar in nature to 1996 with richness and deep spice.