Coil‘Signal Ridge Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2019
This newest Pinot Noir project comes to us from father and son vintners, Chris and Josh Phelps. Chris Phelps was the founding winemaker for Dominus Estate and later left to work with Caymus and then Swanson. After more than 30 years of making wine for others, Chris started Ad Vivum, which debuted with his 2008 debut vintage. Josh Phelps owns Grounded Wine Co. which brings great-buy wines that over-deliver at their respective price points. In 2018, they received a phone call from their friend who owns Signal Ridge Vineyard. He had just harvested one of his vineyards—a prime site for extreme-elevation, coastal Pinot Noir atop Cold Mountain in the Mendocino Ridge AVA and he wanted them to make wine from it. When he brought them the Pinot Noir fruit, they explained, “we were instantly blown away by the aromatics and structure. The plan was simply to make a delicious Pinot to share with friends, but when we tasted the finished wine, we knew we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. The next year, when Roger asked us if we wanted more fruit, the answer was obvious.” The long, steady 2019 growing season allowed for very gradual, gentle ripening of the Swan, Pommard, and 2A clone Pinot fruit, resulting in excellent concentration and complexity. The aromatic, lightly savory 2019 shows aromas and flavors of slate, bing cherry, black tea, and white pepper, with firm acidity and vibrant tension on the palate that energize the long finish.
- AppellationMendocino Ridge