Producer: Ankida Ridge Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Blend: 100% pinot noir
Production: 175 cases
Winemaking: 20% whole-cluster fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak (30% new)
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $44*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir

92 points

2017 was a warmer, drier vintage and the resulting ripeness and power (14.5% abv) are on full display in this bigger-but-balanced pinot noir from the lone Virginia producer that can be counted on for consistently delicious pinot noir.

Aromas of ipe black cherry, black cherry skins, roasted strawberries and grilled mushrooms are framed by just a touch of toasty oak.

Plush and (again) ripe, the palate oozes with dark berry fruit flavors with the classic pinot earthiness pushed to the edges. Well structured, it wears the higher ABV well with ample, cottony tannins and a surprising bit of freshness at the end of a long, fruity finish.

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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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