Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Pinot Noir 2016
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.
96 points, Wine Enthusiast's Advance Buying Guide, Dec 2018
Concentrated, exotic and almost earthy, this wine from a single vineyard in Anderson Valley has a wild edge of smoked fruit, singed rosemary and black pepper, with a core of deep black-cherry and clove flavors. It is full-bodied, mouth-filling and layered, with nuances that continue to unfold on the evolving finish. Best through 2024. Cellar Selection - J.G. of Wine Enthusiast
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Apr 2018
A wine of impact, the 2016 Pinot Noir Outland Ridge offers striking depth to match its bold personality. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and licorice are all pushed forward in this deep, fleshy Pinot from Kendall-Jackson.
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.