|Owner(s)||Douglas Ackerman, Michelle Ackerman, John Grochau|
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A collaboration between winemaker John Grochau and grape grower Douglas and Michelle Ackerman (Armstrong Vineyard).
Armstrong Vineyard was established by Douglas and Michele Ackerman in 2007. The vineyard has been farmed organically since 2013. The first five years of production, grapes were sold to Cameron, Ayres, Native Flora, Seven of Hearts and Vincent Wine Company.
2016 Red Electric Armstrong Vineyard Interurban Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.77% alc., 300 cases, $28. 12% whole cluster fermentation. Natural yeast fermentation. 25% Pommard, 20% 777, 20% 115, 20$ 667 and 2% Wädenswil. Aged in French oak barrels, 5% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of black cherry, rose and damp earth. Light to mid weight nucleus of earth-kissed cherry and red candy flavors. Juicy acidity, with silky tannins and well-mannered oak. Score: 90. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Red Electric Armstrong Vineyard The Pulse Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.79% alc., 200 cases, $50. 9 special barrels consisting of 30% Wädenswil, 30% 115, 10% 667, 10% Pommard and 10% 114. Natural yeast fermentation, 18% whole cluster. Aged in French oak barrels, 15% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A mix of dark cherry and berry are offered on the nose and on the palate in a mid weight style. A thread of dried herbs and botanical input add interest. Very good energy, with a modestly firm tannic backbone and a chewy finish. Score: 92. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Red Electric Armstrong Vineyard TGV Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.74% alc., 100 cases, $70. Only made in special vintages. 4 special barrels. Natural yeast fermentation, 25% whole cluster, aged in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose opens slowly over time in the glass, revealing opulent aromas of dark red and black fruits. Delicious dark red and black cherry and black raspberry flavors envelope the palate. A classy wine that is nicely composed, with lively acidity, suede tannins and a persistent finish filled with cherry delight. Somewhat reserved, and deserving of more time in the cellar. Score: 93. Reviewed March 23, 2019 ARTICLE »
2015 Red Electric Armstrong Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 120 cases, $50. Inaugural release. This wine is a collaboration between winemaker John Grochau and grape grower Douglas Ackerman. The vineyard has sedimentary soils and is meticulously farmed. Clones are Pommard, Wädenswil, and Dijon 667, 777 and 115. 20% whole cluster and native yeast fermentation. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 18% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of black cherry and sandalwood. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and Marionberry are vibrant and easy going. Very satisfying, in a sleek and polished style with a silky texture, a hint of complimentary oak barrel seasoning, and some finishing length. Score: 93. Reviewed May 10, 2018 ARTICLE »