Wild Ridge Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wild Ridge has a multilayered nose. Red berry and stone fruit (cranberry, plum and cherry) are complemented by hints of orange zest, anise, cedar and green tea. Cranberry, pomegranate and blue- and blackberry dominate the entry. Anise, cardamom, a slight earthiness and integrated tannins add weight and structure. Bright acidity contributes lift to a lingering finish.
The Wine Advocate - "This small artisanal winery owned by the Jackson Family has fashioned an impressive, dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Pinot Noir Annapolis Vineyard made from Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and the Pommard clone. The wine was aged nine months in 100% French oak, of which 50% was new. Aromas of Chinese black tea, spring flowers, and black as well as red currants along with an intriguing minerality with forest floor nuances emerge from this medium to full-bodied Pinot."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. High-toned red fruit and floral scents, along with a touch of musky underbrush. Rich and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors and a bracing mineral quality. The floral quality builds on the finish, which is firmed by youthfully chewy tannins."
Wild Ridge Winery
Wild Ridge Pinot Noir is grown in our vineyard located on the far western edge of California’s Sonoma Coast. The 900 foot elevation site is a stone’s throw from the hamlet of Annapolis, an extreme setting blessed with a steady supply of cool marine air, goldridge soils and dense forest surrounding the perimeter. This wildness comes through as clear as a bell: vibrant blue fruit, spice and savory elements flow through a texture that’s both mouth-filling and stony – the mirror expression of our Wild Ridge Terroir. View all Wild Ridge Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.