2021 Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir
92 Points, Wine Spectator
The 40-million-year-old marine sediment soils of high-quartz sandstone and weathered bedrock on Ribbon Ridge were once under the Pacific Ocean and produce wines with a darker fruit profile and spice notes of nutmeg and clove. The sandy soils of the Ridge generally produce wines with more structure and greater aging potential. The 2021 Ribbon Ridge was fermented with 38% whole-clusters and aged in 25% new French oak barrels.
92 points - James Suckling
Full, firm and forceful, this is a sturdy, solid, almost blocky vintage for this estate selection. Black cherry dusted with cocoa gives the fruit a chocolatey note, and the finish resonates with a saline note derived from the high-quartz marine sediment of the AVA. 560 cases; 13.7% (Ribbon Ridge) 93/100 - Paul Gregutt