Wine of the Week

Utopia Wines 2016 The Utopia Vineyard Pinot Noir

Appellation: Ribbon Ridge

As president of Oregon’s Ribbon Ridge Winegrowers Association, Utopia owner/winemaker Daniel Warnshuis is encouraging everyone in his tiny AVA to farm Biodynamically. The showing of this Pinot Noir, a collection of the 12 clones he’s planted across his 20-year-old estate, should serve as a great promotional tool. Aromas of dried strawberry, pink raspberry and orange oil are realized on the palate, backed by silky tannins that trail into a sweet and round finish of Craisins. This earned the equivalent of a gold medal in Wine Press Northwest’s most recent tasting of Pinot Noir, the results of which appear in the Summer 2020 issue.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (13.8% alc.)

Price: $48

Cases produced: 1,335

Food pairings: Enjoy with lamb chops, game hens, Sausage and Wild Mushroom Risotto, paté and sweetbreads.

17445 NE Ribbon Ridge Road

Newberg, Oregon 97132

(503) 687-1671

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