Rippon Mature Vine Vine Pinot Noir

“The farm voice” they say at Rippon, summing up the entire estate as a whole. There’s a massively important emotional/cultural connection promoted at Rippon – the handshake between all team members at the start of the day, the entire team hoeing the vines together to begin the work hours, the cleansing ale together at the end of the day – where biodynamics involves not only farming, but how the human element interacts with the place. I like these sentiments.

Savoury scents, sweet earth, briar, dark cherry, Chinese five spice, faint amaro sour-sweet characters. Love pinot like this. So succulent in the palate – long, faintly sappy, crisp tannins, beautiful silky carry through the palate, finishes with tobacco-like savouriness and amaro-orange zestiness. All perfectly meshed, so much to think about per sip. Wonderful.

Rated : 95 Points

Tasted : FEB17

Alcohol : 13%

Price : $75

 

Julie Dupouy, The Taste, March 2017  From their entry level Pinot Noir to their single vineyard wines, the quality is just outstanding. The schist soil confers a tension, purity and minerality which is simply magical… The estate produces also a beautiful dry Riesling, an incredibly digest and food-friendly Gewurztraminer and a seriously good Gamay in a style that reminds me of some of the top producers in Morgon.

In Summary, whatever you can find from this producer, just buy it!

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Jancis Robinson, March 2017, Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2013  Pale ruby. Bags of integrity on the nose. Something quite agricultural about the nose but clean. Really quite delicate and distinctive.

Clever Nick Mills. Really refreshing and complex. Dry end. 17

 

Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator, January 2017  The Rippon Pinot Noirs are made in limited quantities, from discreet blocks on a property that’s in its fifth generation of family farming. They are distinctive and concentrated, and represent one of the region’s most important producers.