Almost thirty years ago Harry Peterson-Nedry began scouting potential vineyard locations in Oregon's burgeoning wine country. He soon discovered what's now called Ribbon Ridge, an ancient, uniform sedimentary hillside at the extreme western end of the Chehalem Mountains. There, he planted the Ridgecrest Vineyard, Chehalem's oldest, in 1982.
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2008 Chehalem Pinot Noir Reserve Ribbon Ridge
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation: Ribbon Ridge
93 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2011
Bright ruby-red. Highly aromatic bouquet of raspberry, Asian spices and potpourri, with a suave mineral quality adding vivacity. Lively and precise, offering sappy red fruit flavors and exotic floral and spicecake qualities. Finishes with very good clarity and spicy thrust, with the red fruit and floral notes echoing. This is delicious now but should age well on its balance.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
This is the Pinot I love, great nose, body and flavor.
Hitting on all cylinders
I waited to try this wine and my patience has paid off. A beautiful nose is accompanied by a potpourri of flavors, which seemed to change over the course of a two hour dinner and dessert. This wine had a nice feel in the mouth and was better still the next day. Am looking forward to trying my remaining stash of this terrific wine over the next several years. Harry Peterson-Nedry can do no wrong in my book, as evidenced by this wine and his RR bottling from 2008. So glad I bought all I did of these two through Wine Access!
So far, quite good
Popped and poured last night - although young, it was an integrated and balanced pinot. Looking forward to trying it tonight. My sense is this may require an additional star in the future.
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Value for money
Nice drinkable Pinot, not up to par in terms of value for money
Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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