Ayres Lewis Rogers Lane Pinot Noir 2019
If the vineyard could speak, this bottle is what it would say! Every producing estate clone is represented here: 667, 777, 115, 113, and Pommard. Look for marionberry and boysenberry fruit notes, alongside the savory goodness of sandalwood and baking spices. The warm growing season gifted all of us this very opulent, graceful wine.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Limpid ruby-red. Vibrant red and blue fruit, floral, cola and baking spice scents are joined by hints of smoky minerals and earth. Juicy, penetrating and lively in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet boysenberry and black raspberry flavors that deepen and turn spicier through the back half. Finishes impressively long and smooth, with harmonious tannins framing lingering, finely etched berry and floral pastille notes. Best After 2023
Ribbon Ridge is a regular span of uplifted, marine, sedimentary soils (called Willakenzie), whose highest ridge elevations twist like a ribbon. An early settler from Missouri named Colby Carter noticed this unique topography and gave the region its name in 1865—though but it wasn’t declared its own AVA until 140 years later, in 2005. The AVA is enclosed by mountains on all sides between Yamhill-Carlton and the Chehalem Mountains, and is actually part of the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA. Its soils have a finer texture than its neighbors with parent materials composed of sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone. Given its presence of natural aquifers in this five square mile area, most vineyards are actually easily dry farmed!
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”