A few summers ago we were invited to a tasting of Virgina wines at Siduri. We were very impressed by several, including Ankida Ridge. (You can read our full review of this event by clicking here.) It happens that Ankida Ridge was also the only winery at Siduri that was pouring a pinot. We liked it a lot. Quoting from our review,
Their 2012 pinot noir ($42) is big and muscular. Aromas of cherries and earth are followed by a terrific mouth feel with flavors of cassis and wet slate. A long pepper and spice finish holds the promise of improvement with age. There are enough tannins and oak to support at least a couple of additional years in the bottle.
And, a few days ago, we learned that Ankida Ridge has been selected for Oregon’s annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). By our count, there are 54 wineries participating: 34 are Oregon-based, 16 from California, and one each from Canada, Michigan, Virginia, and Washington. We’re proud to say that we knew about Ankida Ridge two years before word got out to the rest of the world.
We attended IPNC in 2011 as part of our tour of Oregon wine country. Read our review here.