Located 22 miles southwest of Portland, 4 miles northwest of Dundee and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, the Ribbon Ridge AVA (established 2005) is the smallest AVA in Oregon and is entirely contained within the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The area consists of 3,350 acres of land area, with approximately 500 acres planted on the ridge to vines, within 20 vineyards. The AVA is distinguished by uniform, unique ocean sedimentary soils, with grape-growing hillsides that are slightly warmer and drier when compared to the adjacent valley floors. Ribbon Ridge's predominant grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Limited water supplies mean most vineyards are dry farmed.
Not much information is available on the Internet for this AVA - there is no single winegrowers association or the like. Unfortunately, we did not get a response from any of the producers, so did not get any insights from them.
Since we only found one Ribbon Ridge wine at our local wine store, from Patricia Green Cellars, they became our de facto representative winery for the AVA. :)
Patricia Green Cellars
This is a 52 acre estate, but is noted for producing a selection of Pinot Noirs from vineyards representing sites in the Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, and the Yamhill-Carlton growing regions. All are dry-farmed. The wines are handled and manipulated as little as possible, with an emphasis on revealing the vineyards' terroir to the fullest extent possible.
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2011 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dark ruby red in color; truffle, rhubarb, oregano, and spice aromas; earth, black olive, cherry, tobacco and smoke flavors; medium mouthfeel into a silky finish; from 11 separate sections of younger vines (all planted between 1997-2001); 835 cases; 12.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $30.
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