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.
Producer: Ankida Ridge Vineyards
Blend: 100% pinot noir
Production: 175 cases
Winemaking: 20% whole-cluster fermentation, aged 10 months in French oak (30% new)
Score: 92 points
* Review sample provided by the winery