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2018 Hundred Suns "Sequitur Vineyard" Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

SKU #1474053 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very deep color with a rich, dark and deeply earthy nose, offering fresh roses, fine spice, hoisin, dark cherries, plums and forest wood. The palate delivers a super rich and very powerfully structured style, commanding dark plums and impressive volume. Focused and powerful. Fine to drink now, but better from 2023. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This year’s exploration of the Sequitur Vineyard yielded a unique 5-barrel composition. The majority of this bottling was a union of a secret suitcase clone and the Chalone clone fermented together, 35% whole bunch. The other portion came from a single tank of untouched whole cluster Pinot that was left to ferment for 20 days. Rich cocoa-laced plum meets brambly blue fruit with a pop of bubble gum. Naturally fermented using partial whole cluster, this wine presents the best of Ribbon Ridge but with an independent streak. The wines were aged in neutral oak for 10 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This selection came from Baeux Freres founded Mike Etzel’s home vineyard, Sequitur, located at 425 feet elevation on a southeast slope of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Soils: Marine Sedimentary, Willakenzie series. Farming: Biodynamic. Clones : Chalone, unclassified, and Pommard."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2020 | Send Email
The 2017 release of this wine was in my top five wines of the year and the 2018 is every bit as good. Hundred Suns winemaker Grant Coulter spent many years working as the winemaker for legendary Orgeon stalwart, Beaux Freres. During his time there he gained access to some of the most coveted vineyard sources in the region and Sequitur is one such site. Sequitur is the personal passion project of Beaux Freres founder Mike Etzel. This small vineyard high on Ribbon Ridge is farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles with incredible attention to detail to ensure pristine fruit. This is a serious and powerful wine composed of heritage Pinot Noir clone Chalone, Pommard plus some "suitcase clones" of undisclosed origin. The wine is both highly floral and aromatic but brooding and cloaked all at once. Like a deep purple rose with the outer petals just opening but with many more layers to unfurl. Some very positive whole cluster characters give lift and spice. The wine is quite linear and focused in its youth but the flavors are impeccably pure and bright. Purple fruits, Asian spice, hibiscus all underpinned by a distinct soil driven mineral component. This has a very "Grand Cru" feel to it. Clearly a stunning, polished, poised bottle of wine, the best is likely yet to come but can you keep your hands off it tonight!?
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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