Ribbon Ridge Winery
Ribbon Ridge Winery is Harry Pedersen Nedry's
private label for a special wine that he is making from some of the best
grapes grown at Chehalem, where he is co-owner and winemaker. Ribbon
RIdge's Pinot noir is made from grapes grown at the Ridgecrest
planted in 1980.
Harry says: "Ribbon Ridge Winery wines will
be the best wines we can source from our 164 acre estate, and from the
oldest plantings on Ribbon Ridge. They are not designed for a mass market,
but for serious aging and for understanding the potential of this special
land mass called Ribbon Ridge. Their concentration, their blackness,
their elegance, their textural excitement all stem from the vineyard—its
maturity; deep penetration of dry-farmed vines to find rock, nutrients
and water; organic farming; limited yield and sensitive fermentation
to protect vintage characteristics."
Stylistically, the single Pinot noir Harry
makes for this label is the masculine counterpart to the choices he makes
to compose the archetypal feminine
Wine Advocate (Parker) 93 points: "Medium
to dark ruby-colored it offers aromatic as well as flavor profiles packed
with lush blackberries, assorted dark fruit, and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied,
this is a big, dense, powerful Pinot of considerable concentration, depth
, and length. A slight trace of alcoholic warmth can be discerned in its
finish. Projected maturity: 2006-2014. Pierre Rovani."
Burghound 92 points: "Elegant, pure and
beautifully detailed high-toned red fruit aromas merge into complex and
exceptionally spicy medium full flavors that display under tones of licorice
and clove. There is abundant midpalate sap to buffer the robust, powerful
and tight tannins yet this is a highly seductive effort as the finish possesses
a dust and a velvet quality. This is a first rate effort with outstanding
concentration with just a hint of finishing warmth. 92/2008+ Allan Meadows."
From Pinotfile Newsletter 6/05: "Harry Peterson-Nedry planted grapes
on Ribbon Ridge at the extreme, western end of the Chehalem Mountains in
1982 and named the vineyard Ridgecrest Vineyard. This is the first release
of Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir from the 37 acre estate, the oldest and best
situated plantings on Ribbon Ridge. The 2002 Pinot Noir is Peterson-Nedry’s
first private label release. Production was only 250 cases. Both the Wine
Advocate and the Burghound rated this release first rate."