The 2017 Amber Ridge Pinot Noir begins with spectacular aromas of juicy, red fruit complemented by touches of black olive, sweet anise and floral notes. With a commanding entry, this wine possesses great density and texture that continues to build with each sip. Enticing flavors of potpourri and cedar round out this luscious Pinot Noir.
We consider Amber Ridge Vineyard the backbone of our EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers.” Located off Starr Road, this 22-acre vineyard is the warmest site from which we source fruit. Although temperatures rarely exceed 90°F, the
vineyard enjoys extended mornings and evenings with clear, warm skies. Fog, the hallmark of the Russian River Valley, begins its early morning recession towards the coast, starting at the northern end of the valley and then returning in
the late afternoon from the south. This seasonal fog pattern can allow for up to three extra hours of sunlight and warmth when compared to our vineyards just 12 miles away on the southern end of the valley.
Licorice, black raspberry and blueberry highlight this densely packed wine. With notes of black olive and licorice, it retains a sparkling array of baking spice and cola flavors through the lengthy finish. —V.B.