94 Insider Points
The Return of a Favorite
Comptche Ridge has long been in our portfolio of Pinot Noirs. Their quality and their ageability are 2 solid points that keep me bringing back to them. It's easy to do with wines that taste this great.
Herbal strawberry & mint on the nose. Medium body, showing rhubarb and nectarine with an oily texture that floats nicely on the top of the palate. Bing cherry and strawberry through the finish. Drinking now through 2021. 94 Points - JZ Sept '18
Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
450 Case Production
Whoever came up with the saying “three is a crowd” clearly never spent time with the trio of winemakers behind this micro-produced gem. Oenologists Anthony Filiberti, Webster Marquez and David Low proved their mettle with Pinot Noir at Bergstrom Winery in Newberg, Oregon, Hafner Vineyards in the Alexander Valley and at Williams Selyem in Sonoma respectively. How they found themselves here—in most remote Mendocino County is a bit of a mystery as Comptche Ridge Vineyard is as isolated as they come.
The origin of this unique Pinot is as memorable as its flavor. Comptche Ridge Vineyard sits up in the mountains, nestled in enormous redwood and Douglas fir trees. At this altitude and considering how close the place is to the ocean, grapevines at Comptche fight hard to ripen and result in one of the most elegant, truly haunting domestic Pinots made today. Stylistically opposite to the lush and jammy character of many Pinot Noirs produced down south, this fresh, silky red is effortlessly easy to sip with a range of foods, offering bright red berry fruit and nary a hint of tannin.
· The “extraordinary” vintage of 2013 got 98 points from the Wine Advocate. According to the Wine Spectator: “2013 was nearly an ideal season, with moderate temperatures and no rain or heat extremes.”
· This wine is a culmination of four of the top Pinot clones in the U.S.: Swan, 115, 828 and 667--all sourced from the tiny Comptche Ridge Vineyard.
· Chilly even by Burgundian standards, Comptche Ridge Vineyard is kept constantly cool by way of the Pacific Ocean, which is just 12 miles west.
· This unique plot of land is dry farmed and grapes are certified organically grown.
A light bodied, smooth-drinking Pinot. You'll taste flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, and subtle spices.
In 1996, brothers John and Mark Weir settled in the small town of Comptche. This place embodied everything they remembered about the California of their youth. The land they chose to buy—a natural clearing in the great redwood forests—seemed somehow lost in time. With land so wild and untouched, the brothers soon realized there could be no better place to make great wine. So they planted Pinot Noir, the fabled and often fickle cool-weather fruit.
Today, vines from four great clones—Swan, 115, 828, and 667—grace this remote and beautiful landscape. Each year, a small harvest comes together for a limited production and a rare few wines become Comptche Ridge. Taste one of these wines and you’ll soon realize that, in this family, there is no line between love and land and a longing to make great wines. The average elevation is 857 feet above sea level, with fine sandy, clay Franciscan soils. The average temperature ranges from 40 degrees (low) to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (high).
You could pair this will a pulled pork dish or something a little spicier like an enchilada plate.