Challenger Ridge Pinot Noir, 2004
Challenger Ridge Vineyard is located 60 miles Northeast of Seattle, on the banks of the Skagit River, in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountain Range. We received this wine as a gift and were excited to try a wine with a Puget Sound designation. The color is a light violet red with good clarity. The aroma is reminiscent of fresh flowers, strawberries and cut grass. This is a light, easy drinking Pinot Noir with fresh fruit flavors of strawberries and tart cherries with a leather and tobacco. There are nice sweet tannins and a gentle acidity that contribute to a lingering and harmonious finish. This is an enjoyable Pinot Noir that will pair well with some fresh salmon off the grill. This wine sells for about $18.