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2009 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley OR 14.4% $25

There’s a fair amount of oak on the nose here, perhaps more than I’d like to see since it obscures what appears to be a nice base of forest floor, beet root and wild cherry fruit. The wood does integrate with time, but instead remains fairly dominant. In the mouth, there is a bit too much wood tannin running from front to back, distracting from the fruit. The fruit is much more pronounced here than on the nose. This has that sweetness of ripe fruit, yet is not sweet and shows excellent balance with finely integrated acids keeping the richness well focused. The wood does add some noticeable spice, particularly on the finish, but some may prefer this wine with the wood. The base wine is very attractive. 89pts

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