Smooth on the palate with a lengthy finish, the 2016 Renegade Ridge Pinot Noir offers vibrant aromatics ranging from blood orange and bittersweet chocolate to cinnamon and Herbes de Provence. What sets this vintage apart from its predecessors is the turn toward dried fruit flavors like blueberries and currants. The palate is generous, expressing hints of juicy mandarin with touches of bittersweet chocolate that lead into a long, smooth finish, supported by silky tannins and rounded acidity.
Renegade Ridge is a twelve-acre vineyard contiguous to our Summit Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Soils are basaltic Jory and the vines are planted between 315 and 480 feet in elevation. This vineyard presents our only predominately east facing slope. Here, Dijon clones are matched to select rootstocks and exhibit pronounced aromas, bright flavors, and elegant texture. This vineyard has been farmed utilizing biodynamic principles and practices since March 2004.
Fruit for the 2016 Renegade Ridge Estate was hand picked between September 9th and 14th. The fruit
was hand sorted and soaked cold for six to ten days, after which native yeast fermentation was allowed
to proceed under temperature-controlled conditions in wooden and stainless steel open top fermentors
with 59% whole cluster contribution. During primary fermentation, tanks were punched down up to two times per day. After limited post-fermentation maceration, the wine was sent via gravity to 30% new French oak barrels and aged for 12 months prior to bottling.