2013 Chehalem "Reserve-Ridgecrest Vineyard" Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir (Previously $70)

SKU #1271825 92 points Wine Spectator

 Bright, crisp, tangy and appealing, showing transparency and vibrant raspberry and strawberry flavors, layered with hints of mint and thyme blossom. Finishes with vivid presence. Drink now through 2021. 430 cases made. (HS)  (2/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Ridgecrest Vineyards Reserve was cropped between October 6 and 10 and matured in 55% new oak. It has a pure bouquet of black cherries and raspberry preserve that is deftly integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet, slightly chewy tannin and buoyant red berry fruit with quite a Burgundy-like finish (think something along the lines of Auxey-Duresses). Very fine. (NM)  (4/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Deep red. Pungent red currant and cherry on the incisive nose, complicated by a floral quality. Firm, sharply focused bitter cherry, rhubarb and rose pastille flavors show good depth, and juicy acidity adds lift and nervy cut. Aeration brings out deeper cola and licorice nuances, which linger on the persistent, subtly tannic finish. (JR)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
Made from grapes from the oldest part of Chehalem’s property, the 2013 Ridgecrest Pinot is elegant – there is depth and tension but overall, this is a plush, pretty wine. Picked Oct 6-11, after the rain event that threw some Willamette producers for a loop, the grapes were able to ripen enough to show red fruit and velvety texture while maintaining brightness. This style is somewhat linear with a dusty finish, a beautiful example of earthy Pinot from a colder climate. This is winemaker Wynn’s favorite vineyard, and she even had stories of sleeping there as a child. After tasting it in Oregon, Ridgecrest was my favorite too, even without the camping experience.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13