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Sequitur Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2014

Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • WS94
750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Four years ago, Michael Etzel, partner of Beaux Freres, started from scratch—again. Planting a 12-acre vineyard adjacent to his Beaux Freres Upper Terrace vineyard, Michael, with his partner Carey, began a project of their own: Sequitur. The new vineyard, born from an old tree farm, and nurtured with Biodynamic and organic farming principals, promises to be a new star in the Ribbon Ridge hills of Yamhill County.

The auction lot was produced with 15 different clones, 10% whole cluster native fermentation, and aged in tight grain light toasted French oak 60-gallon barrels.

Be one of the few to enjoy this single barrel from Sequitur's inaugural release.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 94
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Broad and spicy, open-textured and generous, with ripe plum and currant flavors, shaded by pepper, sage and coffee notes as the finish sails past fine-grained tannins. Completely harmonious and made to age. Drink now through 2024. 538 cases made.
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Our journey began with the purchase of a 60 acre Douglas Fir tree farm in December 2010 from an old retired school teacher, Frank Dummer, a meticulous man of principle. After years of convincing Frank that we were worthy stewards of his beloved timber stand, Carey and I began our master plan. We built a small house on a pond in the middle of the woods and on the ridge above our home, on a very small area of the property directly adjacent to Beaux Freres’s Upper Terrace, we planted a 12 acre pinot noir vineyard. Half of the vineyard was planted in the spring of 2012, called the Lavender Block (after the beautiful lavender planted at the row end posts of the block) and the other half in the spring of 2013, the Rosemary Block. What distinguishes this vineyard, other then having 17 diverse clones of pinot noir planted very densely, is the forest of Douglas Fir enclosing three sides of the vineyard, which gives this gentle south slope protection from winds and preserves its unique terrior. The virgin marine sediment soils in the vineyard have only been farmed with organic and biodynamic principles in order to preserve the native ground cover. Carey's honey bees are thriving in the vineyard, we think for good reason.
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Ribbon Ridge

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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!

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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