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2008 Raptor Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley OR 13.8% $31

This needs lots of air to clean up on the nose, though when it does, it reveals a musky, earthy core of bright parchment and boiled peanut tinged salted plum fruit. A touch soft on entry, this is rather tight with the tannins being a bit dominant early on. There’s nice fruit here that remains fresh, it’s just very wrapped up in itself at this point. With time, the fruit starts to open up. Like the nose, it’s very much in the plummy end of the spectrum, with some pomegranate accents and spicy, red berry notes on the moderately long finish. A very serious wine. Tense, subtle, well structured and well balanced, with a lovely black fruit and spice finale. Very stylish. 92pts

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