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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998
Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998
(search item no. 19074)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1998 vintage is possibly the best we have yet seen in Oregon, or at least the equivalent of the highly touted 1994 vintage. The rich, supple black cherry and blackberry fruits are characteristic of Ridgecrest and the Willakenzie soil type. Excellent acidity and a finesseful texture and finish are hallmarks of the vineyard site also, especially since it ripens well, bears stingily and, because of its 5-600 foot elevation, has great acidity even in ripe years like 1998. The component fruit is largely from our newest dense plantings at the site, coming from Pommard and Wadenswil clones planted ten years before. This is at first a big wine, but with time will show itself to be elegant and long-lived.
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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.