2018 Ridgecrest Pinot Noir
Youthful, bright and pedigreed; deep purple-red core, with floral-rose, spice & pepper aromatics; ending with that classic elegance for which Ribbon Ridge is heralded.
AbV 14.1% | TA 5.8 g/L | pH 3.52 | 497 cases
We kind of cruised into the 2018 harvest, after an early bud break and bloom, a comfortably warm spring, and those precious, cool, summer evenings that make our eyes light up. The stellar prospect of the vintage was heightened by a “cool” final ripening compared to the previous five. Perfectly ripe, but not overly so. Zero disease pressure, thanks to ridge-top breezes and the absence of rain. Rich flavors with an edge of restraint, combined with the lift of gentle acidity. Textbook perfect from our vantage, and worthy of all the hype.
Youthful, bright and pedigreed; deep purple-red core, with floral-rose, spice and pepper aromatics; supple red fruit, plum, restrained oak flavors, with a slash of Worcestershire, suspended freshly and tightly on a texturally exciting mid-palate of velour-like tannins; well-rounded three-dimensional red fruit with extra layers of dark fruit extending front-to-back seamlessly, with no palate breaks and, although tight, bright and needing time, ending with that classic elegance for which Ribbon Ridge is heralded.