We’ve reached Day 9 of the 12 Days of Wine 2021!
We are heading to the Ribbon Ridge AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for today’s Wine. This is a Pinot Noir from Utopia. Sounds like the perfect place to go, doesn’t it?
Utopia 2016 Pinot Noir Paradise, Estate Reserve, Ribbon Ridge
We interviewed & tasted through several wines with Dan Warnshuis the owner and winemaker at Utopia when we visited in August. The Paradise stood out to me.
This wine is an Estate Reserve. We opened this with a Coravin to taste with our pairing and were shocked to find it thin with a short finish. We later opened the bottle, and here was the wine I remembered. It just needed some air.
Tart fruit and spice notes, elegant and silky, full without being heavy. I found black currant, eucalyptus, leaf and leather. It is has a bit of savouriness. I also found notes of cherry cola.
You can find it on their site where it retails for $75