2013 Wild Ridge Pinot Noir

2013 Wild Ridge Pinot Noir

Annapolis Vyd,Sonoma Coast *Dijon Clones 777

'Excellent' & 91pts -WA | 91pts- WE

$29.99
Retail Price
$50.00
Savings
40%



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VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL: 14.00%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

94 Insider Points

91 Points - Wine Advocate 

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast 

Reviews:

"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. is is a serious, well-endowed Pinot Noir."- Wine Advocate 

"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."- Wine Enthusiast 

There’s nothing missing in terms of quality here, you can expect all the fresh red fruit, pipe tobacco and cola notes that make Sonoma Coast such a great Pinot appellation.  The palate is bursting with red cherry, plum and dark earth, with hints of baking spice and bramble on the long and elegant finish.  An all around solid wine to enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Nov 2016

Why We're Drinking It:

When a winery decides to specialize it’s with good reason. As part of the JFW West Burgundy Wine Collective, Wild Ridge is all about precise, site-driven, estate Pinot Noir that is nothing but exceptional. At the masterful hands of Winemaker Craig McAllister, the label creates classic expressions of true Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. And this current release from the Annapolis vineyard reflects its extreme site at the far west of the Sonoma Coast. It’s a 100% Pinot Noir that Wine Advocate (91 points) says “shows excellent ripeness...and a good, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. It is a serious, well-endowed Pinot Noir."

Wine Enthusiast (also 91 points) noted how its “tannins integrated and kept fresh and structured by the acidity” while the Prince of Pinot further explained that “the wine finishes with some persistent blueberry goodness. The wine is a bit rustic and wild, but that adds to its appeal.”


Reasons why we love it:

  • A well-traveled Craig McAllister brings a very unique perspective to his craft of winemaking. The New Zealand native has contributed to viticulture and enology in his homeland, Australia, Chile, Cyprus and California where he worked his way to the title of Assistant Winemaker for La Crema. For the last five years McAllister has been the Wild Ridge winemaker capturing the, well, “wildness” of the very challenging vineyard site that yields vibrant fruit with bright acidity and firm tannins.
  • In a post-victory interview (a gold medal for the 2011 vintage at the Global Pinot Noir Masters) McAllister told the drinks business “Pinot Noir is evocative, it fosters discussion and stirs debate. Throughout the world, there are multiple expressions of Pinot Noir, each with the potential to be a jaw-dropping and memorable wine.”
  • A memorable vintage is exactly what McAllister has created. Our Tasting Panel was dazzled with this smooth, easy-to-drink wine and we believe our serious Pinot Fans will really enjoy this vintage. A 30% contribution of clone 777 gives it a well-rounded body and rich aromas of blackberry and cherry will leave your senses in awe.
Tasting 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 provide lift and firm yet integrated tannins underpin the structure of the wine.

The Story to Know:

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.

Perfect Pairings:

This wine will pair beautifully with the Pinot noir classics - lamb, duck, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses

When a winery decides to specialize it’s with good reason. As part of the JFW West Burgundy Wine Collective, Wild Ridge is all about precise, site-driven, estate Pinot Noir that is nothing but exceptional. At the masterful hands of Winemaker Craig McAllister, the label creates classic expressions of true Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. And this current release from the Annapolis vineyard reflects its extreme site at the far west of the Sonoma Coast. It’s a 100% Pinot Noir that Wine Advocate (91 points) says “shows excellent ripeness...and a good, rich, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. It is a serious, well-endowed Pinot Noir."

Wine Enthusiast (also 91 points) noted how its “tannins integrated and kept fresh and structured by the acidity” while the Prince of Pinot further explained that “the wine finishes with some persistent blueberry goodness. The wine is a bit rustic and wild, but that adds to its appeal.”


Reasons why we love it:

  • A well-traveled Craig McAllister brings a very unique perspective to his craft of winemaking. The New Zealand native has contributed to viticulture and enology in his homeland, Australia, Chile, Cyprus and California where he worked his way to the title of Assistant Winemaker for La Crema. For the last five years McAllister has been the Wild Ridge winemaker capturing the, well, “wildness” of the very challenging vineyard site that yields vibrant fruit with bright acidity and firm tannins.
  • In a post-victory interview (a gold medal for the 2011 vintage at the Global Pinot Noir Masters) McAllister told the drinks business “Pinot Noir is evocative, it fosters discussion and stirs debate. Throughout the world, there are multiple expressions of Pinot Noir, each with the potential to be a jaw-dropping and memorable wine.”
  • A memorable vintage is exactly what McAllister has created. Our Tasting Panel was dazzled with this smooth, easy-to-drink wine and we believe our serious Pinot Fans will really enjoy this vintage. A 30% contribution of clone 777 gives it a well-rounded body and rich aromas of blackberry and cherry will leave your senses in awe.

"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. is is a serious, well-endowed Pinot Noir."- Wine Advocate 

"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."- Wine Enthusiast 

There’s nothing missing in terms of quality here, you can expect all the fresh red fruit, pipe tobacco and cola notes that make Sonoma Coast such a great Pinot appellation.  The palate is bursting with red cherry, plum and dark earth, with hints of baking spice and bramble on the long and elegant finish.  An all around solid wine to enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Nov 2016

94 Insider Points

91 Points - Wine Advocate 

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast 

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 provide lift and firm yet integrated tannins underpin the structure of the wine.

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.

This wine will pair beautifully with the Pinot noir classics - lamb, duck, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses