The 2021 Signal Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is aromatic and complex, with trademark white pepper, soy, rose petal, and garrigue notes wafting from the glass. The exotic aromas presage blackberry, dark cherry, and orange peel flavors. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and intense, with bright acids and excellent focus and grip. This pinot noir is a perfect snapshot of Signal Ridge Vineyard and the outstanding 2021 vintage.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2021
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationMendocino Ridge
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 8, 2021
  • Release DatesSeptember 1, 2022
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.1% / 3.6 / 5.9g/L
  • CooperagesBillon, Damy, Kadar, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced422 6/750 mL

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Critical Acclaim

“Moderate garnet color in the glass. Alluring aromas of purple plum and grape, spice and burnt tobacco. Hearty on the palate with engaging flavors of blackberry, black cherry and Hoison sauce, finishing joyously long and dry. Typical spice that I find from Hungarian barrels. Still commendable when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle.” Score: 93 Points

— Rusty Gaffney, The Pinot File

“Derek Rohlffs makes really superb pinot noir and his 2018 Signal Ridge Vineyard bottling is excellent. The wine comes in at 13.4 percent octane, taking advantage of the cooler microclimate here at 2600 feet above sea level. The wine offers up a complex, red fruity nose of cherries, blood orange, a touch of beetroot, cloves, woodsmoke, a nice touch of stems, a good base of soil and a discreet foundation of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and tangy, with a good core of fruit, fine soil signature, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a long, complex and very promising finish. This deserves some time in the cellar to really blossom (as well as fully absorb its serving of new wood) and should prove to be long-lived and deliver great drinking for several decades, once it has blossomed. 2028-2055+.” Score: 92 Points

— John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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