2016 Chehalem Ridgecrest Reserve Pinot Noir
“This is the year of Earliest Ever. The winter was warm, budbreak was early and 2016 never looked back—bloom, veraison and harvest, all early records. Harvest began in August and was done before October. Although early, the growing season wasn’t as hot as the prior three, but still the same new warm norm. Fruit is fully ripe but not overripe, moderate alcohols, good enough acids and intense, easily extracted, dense wines, from 15% smaller berry sizes and yields. Potentially an excellent-to-classic vintage.
“This wine is dense. Dark blue and black fruit is found in the glass with brown sugar before evolving into black tea and tobacco. The tannins are initially big and fill the entire mouth, but the long-lasting finish shines. The mouthfeel develops into a long, silky, vibrant ending that intrigues you to go back for more.”
“Limpid ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, exotic spices, potpourri, vanilla and musky underbrush, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Silky and expansive on the palate, showing impressive clarity and spicy lift to the sweet black raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors. The floral note comes back strong on an impressively long finish framed by silky, building tannins. (made with destemmed fruit and raised in French oak barrels, half of them new and the other half once-used)” – Vinous
“93 points.” – Wine and Spirits