Wine of the Week 8/22/11: Pinnacle Ridge Pinot Noir ’07 (PA)
I’ve had some very fine eastern pinot noirs in the last month or so, but none as impressively Burgundian as this. I picked up this bottle nearly 2 years ago while interviewing owner/winemaker Brad Knapp about his operation in the Lehigh Valley near Kutztown. Pinnacle Ridge specializes in chambourcin and is a member of the chambourcin wine trail, but this pinot surpasses anything from the east I’ve had so far. From the great ’07 vintage, the hue is a healthy ruby with no browning. The nose has black cherry, earth/truffle and a hint of clove and cardamom spice. On the palate, firm black cherry fruit is met with vibrant acidity and firm tannins, but lots of classic nuances of truffle and minerality. I’m reminded of the Chambolle-Musigny style; bright fruit with firm acid and some complexity without being too heavy or needing years to come around. This is just hitting stride and should last until 2015 or more if well-cellared.