Ridgecrest was planted in 1980 by Harry Peterson-Nedry, marking the first vineyard in what would be the famed Ribbon Ridge AVA. Ribbon Ridge is a small ridge at the western end of the Chehalem Range and Valley. Our estate vineyard, is a 29-acre site with 16-acres planted to vine.
Its soils are Willakenzie, a silty, clay loam, moderate in soil depth and water retention, is transition soil series exhibiting characteristics of both volcanic and sedimentary underlying structures.
Characteristics of Pinot noir from Willakenzie soil are big, brambly, with black-fruited aromas and flavors like blackberry, black cherry, cassis and hints of dusty chocolate – reminiscent of the Cotes de Nuits. The south-sloping, 400-600 elevation site produces wines with excellent acidity and a finessed finish.