Bravium Signal Ridge Pinot Noir 2018
September 15, 2018
Aged for 10 months in French and Hungarian oak (30% New)
The 2018 Signal Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is amazingly aromatic for its youth, with exotic spice, white pepper, and herb tones wafting from the glass to augment gorgeous fruit. The bouquet is stunning, offering up a complex and exotic nose of garrigue, rose petals, and blackberries. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and intense, with bright acids and excellent focus and grip. Complex tar and rose notes belie its youth and show its exotic potential.
Signal Ridge Vineyard was planted in 1999 and is perched atop Cold Spring Mountain, 2,642 feet above the Pacific Ocean, in the heart of the Mendocino Ridge appellation. Signal Ridge is exposed to the elements, which has a naturally devigorating effect. This vineyard is characterized by its intense fruit and savory notes. I’ve traveled the world and have seen thousands of vineyards and I’ve never found one that quite compares to Signal Ridge.
Following a lengthy growing season characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer, the 2018 harvest played out like a dream with none of the heat spikes that characterized recent seasons. Harvest began around a week later than in 2017, and fruit quality was high with exceptional yields, thanks to the consistent growing conditions.