Ribbon Ridge is the name of the winery, the vineyard and the AVA—one of a half dozen new sub-appellations recently defined in the Willamette Valley. The vineyard was recently planted (1991) but is already delivering thrilling fruit, scented with cherry liqueur, cola syrup, vanilla bean and cocoa. I love the intensity and focus, which conserves the fruit character and does not become heavy or thick. Beautifully structured with acid, spice, confectionery notes and a long, silky finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.