Today’s Quick Sip is the Ankida Ridge Vineyards’ 2012 Pinot Noir. I had an opportunity to taste this wine during Protocol Wine Studio’s ‘Wines of the USA’ program. Their month-long, Twitter based series focused on producers in lesser known US regions that are growing and crafting small-lots of quality wine. Ankida Ridge Vineyards, who was one of the producers included in the program, is located in central Virginia and owned by Christine and Dennis Vrooman. The couple set out to do something truly unique – and they did! They planted the notoriously finicky and temperamental Pinot Noir grape variety in Virginia. Generally speaking, Virginia is not well-suited for the cultivation of Pinot Noir grapes. In a nutshell, Pinot Noir prefers a long, cool growing season with sunny days, low humidity and low rainfall. Virginia offers almost the opposite.
|“Pinot Noir is not about color and tannins.” ~ Veronique Drouhin|
|Ankida Ridge Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir|
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