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2011 Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.59, 352 cases, $68. Ninth Ribbon Springs vineyard-designated wine. This 60-acre vineyard has high-density plantings of Pommard (UCD5 and UCD4), Wädenswil (UCD1A), 4407, and Dijon clones 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777 in sandstonebased, sedimentary soils. This wine is composed of UCD 4 and UCD5. Aged 10 months in 29% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Distinctive aromas of black fruits, clove, cola and oak spice. Appealing fullness on the mid palate with moderately rich flavors of black cherry and blackberry framed with a hint of spice and anise. Plenty of pizzaz to please with a satiny texture, polished tannins and a palate staining black cherry explosion on the finish. Score: 93. Reviewed October 11, 2013

Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard
From article: David Adelsheim: A “Latecomer” Oregon Wine Pioneer