A DAD, A DAUGHTER, AND A HILL
When we first set foot on Ribbon Ridge in 1980, we knew it was something special. There was an indefinable magic to the place, in the low-slung, rolling hills that rise and fall like the breath of a slumbering child. It was undeniably alive, and bursting with potential.
We followed our gut, planting the first vineyard on what would one day become one of the premier wine appellations in Oregon. Ridgecrest Vineyards did not disappoint. Early barrel samples were otherworldly. We studied it, continued to plant, and dug deep.
After 34 harvests at Chehalem and 17 years of squirreling away our age-worthy RR wines, we know these vineyards – the ins and outs, strengths, and peculiarities of each and every block. We’ve done our homework...
*As much as two nerdy chemists have the capacity to do so.
Now, it’s recess time. We’re ready to come out and play.*
Our new RIDGECREST label will allow us to do just that – to play with all of those blocks, lots, and barrels that beg our attention every harvest - the ones we are loathe to blend with the others, because they are just so damned intriguing! Pinot Noir will be the mainstay, with supporting roles played by Grüner Veltliner and Gamay Noir.
Wynne and Harry
Keep in touch and watch for the opening of our completed website.
For now, follow our progress from barrel to bottle, and from yurt to winery.