Ribbon Ridge is a regular span of uplifted, marine, sedimentary soils, whose highest ridge elevations twist like a ribbon. An early settler from Missouri named Colby Carter noticed this unique topography and gave the region its name in 1865—though it wasn’t declared its own American Viticulture Area, AVA, until 140 years later, in 2005. The AVA is enclosed by mountains on all sides between Yamhill-Carlton and the Chehalem Mountains and is actually part of the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA. Its soils have a finer texture than its neighbors with parent materials composed of sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone. Given its presence of natural aquifers in this five square mile area, most vineyards are actually easily dry-farmed!
The Pioneer Pinot Noir is always made from their oldest vines and is always single clone 667. Dark fruit notes of blackberry fill the glass as well as tobacco, leather, mushrooms, and pie spices.