In summary, 2007 is a fantastic white vintage and a surprisingly good red vintage, despite a cool growing season and the final rains that many times might lead to less intense wines. Most winemakers in the Willamette Valley knew how to adapt to the cooler weather and took advantage of the vintage's attributes, such as lower sugars (and therefore alcohols) and higher acids. Because of the exciting influence of vintage in a cool climate like ours, youâ€™ll see nuance differences among all our wines. Expect ripeness but with a crisp, bright, fruit edge of minerality from higher acids and the cooler growing season. The vintage will have stellar wines, with a great range of styles. Buy whites in general, buy reds from trusted names.
90pts Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2009, Paul Gregutt
90pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, June 1, 2009, Josh Raynolds
Product Information Specifications for 2007 Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 750 mL Below:
2013 Grateful Dead Steal Your Face Red Blend Wine Pack, 3 x 750 mL
Manufacturer: Wines that Rock
Brand: Wines That Rock
To capture the essence of the live energy of the Grateful Dead's Steal Your Face, Winemaker Mark Beaman chose to meld several varieties into one. Just as the band members would segue through various musical styles, this wines far reaching flavors melt seamlessly from one to the next, blending Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel & Grenache. In honor of the band's famous improvisational concerts that have brought joy to so many, this wine celebrates Mendocino County's bounty of diversity and freedom of experimentation.
2011 North by Northwest Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Manufacturer: King Estate Winery
Brand: North by Northwest , (NxNW)
A cool summer with average moisture levels gave way to one of the latest harvests on record. For the first time in more than a decade, the region experienced no 100-degree days. Fruit was able to ripen steadily and evenly without extreme temperature spikes, though events throughout the entire season remained about 3 weeks behind what is considered average for the area. While this kind of cool, prolonged growing season requires precise execution on the part of the grower, it can produce wines with excellent aging potential, due in part to a lower pH and higher acidity of the fruit. The 2011 growing season allowed grapes more time than usual on the vine which contributed to layered flavors with natural balance.
2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Robert Mondavi Winery
Brand: ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY
Following two cooler and wetter growing seasons, the 2012 vintage was "a walk in the park", says Vineyard Manager, Matt Ashby. A dry winter led to well-timed rain in March which saturated the soils and helped fill the reservoirs. The region's combination of warm days and cool nights endured through the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. We harvested our select Oakville cabernet sauvignon grapes for this wine between October 8th and October 26th.