Doug and Michele Ackerman’s 16 acre vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA was planted in 2007 and has been farmed organically since 2013. It consists of numerous South facing slopes planted exclusively to Pinot Noir. Armstrong Vineyard is a recent addition to the Cameron Family. The Ackermans converted a special block of the vineyard to dry farming in 2014, and this section is sold exclusively to Cameron Winery. The opulent fruit from this 1/2 acre of Pinot noir is incorporated into our Ribbon Ridge wine.
Our Latest Rant
I am a bit perplexed by the popularity of a relatively new genre of wine: “Natural Wines”. In my opinion, this is a narrow and arbitrary classification meant to suit the marketing needs of whoever is using it. When I see a cloudy wine and am told “Oh this is a natural wine”, I am compelled to retort “I can’t think of anything more natural than gravity…maybe the winemaker should have waited to rack his wine for bottling!” And when one encounters a wine which is either oxidized or smells of fingernail polish remover or has been brutalized by a lactic acid bacteria infection, sure these are “natural processes” but they also emanate from poor winemaking practices.