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Ribbon Ridge AVA
Planted atop the Ribbon Ridge AVA in 2006, Lichtenwalter Vineyard is a dry-farmed site comprised of 13 acres. It is located by Trisaetum Vineyard and is flanked by Beaux Freres. The vineyard was planted and is maintained by Javier Marin. At the 2022 Oregon Wine Industry Awards, Javier Marin was recognized for his excellence in viticulture. The vineyard is Live Certified and in the process of being certified organic. Quintet has purchased fruit from the upper bench of the Lichtenwalter Vineyard since 2014. From Quintets point of view making excellent wine starts with the site and the care the grapes receive in revealing a fine wine.
2019 “Lichtenwalter Vineyards” Ribbon Ridge AVA Pinot Noir$52.00Read more
Double Gold, 96 Points Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
The 2019 Quintet Cellars Lichtenwalter Vineyard scored 96 pts and Double gold in a blind tasting judge by some twenty wine industry professionals at the Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition held yearly in Napa. The 2019 blends dark fruit and classic Ribbon Ridge spice. Berry compote, spice cake, blood orange, mint, roasted hazelnuts, and a balancing mineral quality that brings it all together on the nose. The supple palate is both full and silky with black cherry and plum at mid that lead to a long, mineral finish. This has balance and complexity that will reward aging for more than a decade.
2018 “Lichtenwalter Vineyards” Ribbon Ridge AVA Pinot Noir$52.00Read more
Among the many faces of the Ribbon Ridge AVA, the upper bench of Lichtenwalter Vineyard speaks to us with the best qualities of Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir. Fermented with 30% whole cluster, the 2018 is a remarkably pure expression with dark fruit and fragrant spice that meld together with vanilla, sassafras, cherry compote and shitake mushroom to create a complex, inviting nose. There is structure here but also hints of this wine’s potential for a uniform silk texture as the elements of this wine align with time in the bottle. Black cherry, herbs, and spice detail the broad, juicy finish.
Planted in 2011, Matteri Vineyard sits at an elevation of 500-550 feet in the northwest corner of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA with a south to southwest slope. Owner Robert Matteri collects meticulous weather data and asserts that precipitation avoids hilltop while hitting vineyards very nearby. To be sure, this is a dry vineyard with moderated vine vigor that looks more like top vineyards in Sonoma than those typically seen in Oregon. Well-drained Dupee, Sitton, and Goodin soils compose the Quintet blocks of Chardonnay.
2020 “Matteri Vineyards” Chardonnay$48.00Read more
“French Chablis in style with an Oregon accent, straw color, stony, mineral aromatics with apple and pear are pure expressions of Dijon 76 from the warm, dry Matteri Vineyard. The palate reflects the nose with a dense fruit combined with a mineral, sinewy core that lends power and thrust to this young wine.”
Comments from one of Quintet’s Restaurant accounts in San Francisco: “Wonderful! It’s like drinking a French Chablis, in fact all your wines are very French in style.”
2018 “ Matteri Vineyards” Pinot Noir$45.00Read more
92 points Vinous
Dynamic, a great year for Oregon Pinot and this is one of the best. “Ripe dark berries, cherry cola, licorice and a hint of potpourri on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering pliant, spice-tinged boysenberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors complemented by a smoky mineral flourish. The cherry character carries through the long, gently tannic finish, which echoes the licorice note. 20% new oak.” Vinous
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