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Wild Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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14.5% ABV
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4.4 42 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 Wild Ridge is a classic expression of true Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Aromas of fresh blackberry, ripe red cherries, and oolong tea are complemented by flavors of pomegranate, raspberry and orange zest. Naturally, bright acidity provides lift and firm yet integrated tannins underpin the structure of the wine.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The wine has a deep ruby/plum color and is made from Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and Pommard Selection. It shows excellent ripeness, dark Asian plum interwoven with red and blackcurrants, soil undertones and a good, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. This is a serious, well-endowed Pinot Noir.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
From the producer's Annapolis vineyard, planted at 700 to 900 feet, this is a floral, spicy and high-toned wine. It shows pomegranate, plum and a noticeable streak of forest among its highlights, the tannins integrated and kept fresh and structured by the acidity.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
Rich, deeply fruited and wonderfully mannerly right from the first with a marked sense of sophistication to its layered, multi-faceted aromas, this carefully made Pinot exhibits exceptional balance and its involving flavors fully live up to the high promise of the nose. It is moderately full-bodied and persistently precise in focus with a very long, well-extracted finish. As accomplished and enticing as it is in its youth, it will only get better with time and those who elect to drink it too soon will missing out on an altogether exciting Pinot experience.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of
An excellent example of a true Sonoma Coast effort with this difficult Burgundian grape variety, the 2013 Wild Ridge Pinot Noir from the Annapolis Vineyard exhibits razor-sharp red fruit and mineral-like aromas and flavors. The wine's bright acidity and perky finish make it a great wine with game birds. (Tasted: May 4, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Wild Ridge, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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.


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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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