Wild Ridge Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 130607
  • red wine
  • RP91
  • ST90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

"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."
90 Points

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Learn About Wild Ridge

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.

Learn About Sonoma County

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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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