The Estate Old Vine bottling is the opposite or perhaps, more accurately, the inverse of the Estate bottling. The older vines here produce wine that is all about texture and nuance. The difference between the Estate and the Old Vine bottlings are amazing and each year they seem to get farther apart in terms of the qualities of this site that they show. The Old Vine bottling is a display of crystalline red fruit that has incredible depth and purity to it. The tannins are super-sleek and polished giving the wine a fine mouth-coating texture that only super-high quality Pinot Noir can. At the back of all this is a minerally/quartzy quality that gives the wine it's last and most interesting dimension and, to us, signifies the true nature of the Ribbon Ridge Appellation. This is always one of our favorite wines because it is so discreet, subdued, interesting and complex (especially with bottle age). 560 cases produced.
"Bright red. Exhilarating, nuanced scents of raspberry, Asian spices, cocoa powder, rose and orange zest. Compellingly silky and subtle on entry, then vibrant and delineated in the mid-palate, with a sexy floral quality lifting the flavors of crushed red and dark berries and blood orange. The wine's zesty minerality gives it a weightless impression and adds energy to the long, spicy, incisive finish."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate Old Vine is light purple in color with a super-fragrant perfume of smoke, violets, cinnamon, clove, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense, layered, and plush on the palate, this succulent offering is impeccably balanced by ripe tannin and a firm acid structure that provides uplift. Give it 3-4 years to fully unwind and drink it through 2023, perhaps longer"
The Wine Advocate