Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Pinot Noir 2017
Powerful black cherry and plum aromatics with smoky, briary, and strawberry flavors; finishes with notes of vanilla and silky rich tannins. Cultivated on Mendocino County's Anderson Valley’s high eastern ridge, this remote vineyard is full of chunky, broken rock in thin, powdery soil similar to a Goldridge classification. The Outland Ridge Pinot Noir's vines strain to cling to the ridgelines yet produce deep, profoundly complex and age worthy wines.
93 points and Editors' Choice, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2019
This is a rich, complex and attractively layered wine that opens with baking spice and black cherry aromas. The palate brings mouthfilling and concentrated black-fruit flavors with lingering dried fruit and cinnamon characteristics. It's a big but well-mannered wine that will cap any occasion with style. Editors' Choice.
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019
The 2017 Pinot Noir Outland Ridge emerges from Kendall Jackson's highest elevation vineyard in Anderson Valley. A burst of sweet dark cherry, plum, and spice infuses this super-expressive, layered Pinot. Deep, dark and impeccable in its balance, the Outland Ridge builds nicely in the glass. Drinking window: 2019 - 2027
12 months in 100% French oak, 42% new
Clone 667: 35%
Clone 828: 58%
Clone 777: 4%
Clone 5: 2%
Elevation: 1,500 - 1,700 feet
Soil: Pale loam soils on top of fractured sandstone over good drainage and low water holding capacity.
Climate: The most northern growing region in California with a heavy marine influence.