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Vintage Notes 2017
Ah, a classic bone-chilling, damp Oregon winter. That’s the ticket. The vines pushed through in mid-April, only to be followed by a roller coaster of weather — record highs and lows throughout the late spring and summer kept us guessing, and thinning crop as necessary. Huge fires in the Columbia Gorge and Southern Oregon meant delayed maturation due to smoke, leading to higher acidity levels.
Wise decision-making in the vineyard was key to the success of this vintage. Pondering the potential effects of each decision, and good, old-fashioned prognostication go hand-in-hand in years like this. It was possibly the most unusual, thought-provoking vintage to date. We played our cards beautifully, and are thrilled with the results. We know you will be, too.
A darker hue of red, with pretty oak and a heritage of sweet berry fruit that has a lift to it – bright and showy on aroma and palate – as in cobbler or clafoutis. But, this is not a “fruity” wine. It’s deeper than that, with a history of hard work and patience that 39 years vine maturity shows. You’ll discover a dark, chewy palate of dusty red and black fruit, laced with licorice, with five-spice, allspice and pepper in the finish. Balanced acidity and fine tannins set the stage for this vibrant pure reflection of time on Ribbon Ridge – past, present and future.
TA: 5.9 g/L
Aged 16 Months in French Oak Barrels
472 cases produced
release date: November 2019
drink: now – 2032 – or longer if you can wait!