Producer: Ankida Ridge Vineyards
Region: Monticello AVA
Blend: 100% pinot noir
Production: 250 cases
ABV: 13%
Price: $44*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

93 points

For many years now, vintage after vintage, Ankida Ridge has proven itself as an outlier in Virginia wine – a producer of expressive, distinctive pinot noir that can only come from this somewhat remote vineyard an hour south of Charlottesville, VA.

Ankida Ridge is not only consistently the best pinot noir producer in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic. It's one of the top three or four producers of pinot noir in the East.

The nose is expansive and redolent of ripe red cherries, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds upfront and layers of spiced black tea, dried autumnal leaves, vanilla, and just a hint of damp soil.

Medium-bodied, the palate shows a beautiful balance between the same red berry fruits and earthy notes. The black tea note is a bit more pronounced on the palate bringing a wonderful bit of complexity even in this young wine. A long, complex finish shows all veins that run through this wine – fruit, spice, and earth. Supple tannins are well incorporated, and the wine shows lovely freshness and acidity from beginning to end.

This pinot noir is a benchmark for the variety in the region. I'd go so far as to suggest that this mountain vineyard has the potential to be a Premier Cru-level site.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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