2018 Ridgecrest Gamay noir
2018 Ridgecrest Gamay noir

Ridgecrest Vineyards
Ribbon Ridge
Willamette Valley

13.8% alcohol

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LIVE-certified vineyard

244 cases produced

Dry farmed grapevines (meaning not irrigated)


Opaque royal purple


Earth and fruit aromas all blend harmoniously in this Gamay! Wild mushrooms, game meats, and black soil combine with spring violets, ripe blueberries, and sour cherries. A second sniff reveals notes of cola, baking spices, and fresh mint. This wine might have one of the most unique aromatic profiles I’ve ever encountered! If you’ve got a bottle, do yourself a favor and enjoy it in an Oregon Pinot noir glass. If not, choose a wine glass with a large bowl that narrows at the top, so the aromas are funneled right into your nose as you drink.


True to the Ridgecrest style, expect a tart wine with nice acidity and a supple mouthfeel. Again, fruit and earth come together into integrated flavors of blueberries, raspberries, black plums, and berry medley tart. The fruity notes then shift gears into mushrooms, pencil lead, cola, and black pepper, all culminating in a long, food-friendly finish.

Food pairing suggestions: 

Barbecued ribs, roasted garlic chicken pesto pizza, grilled eggplant with feta and herbs.

SRP $30


Check out our tasting notes on other Ridgecrest wines and their second label, RR wines:

2019 Ridgecrest Old Vine Pinot gris

2018 Ridgecrest Pinot noir

2019 Ridgecrest Estate Grüner Veltliner

2017 RR Riesling

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