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2009 Raptor Ridge Stony Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir McMinville OR 13.9% $35

Carob, briar and dusty earth greet the nose with hints of peach and cranberry, all topped by a sage note. This is very lithe in the mouth. There’s some nicely burnished red fruit here, with a fine, firm and almost austere base of tannins that lend this real finesse on the palate. The flavors of raspberry/black raspberry and rhubarb are laced with some graham cracker notes that pop on the back end. These yield to more pronounced cranberry and red cherry fruit on the finish, which shows those tannins peeking out just below. Exceptionally light and fresh, this is rather weightless in the mouth, but does have flavors that tend to be rather lean. Definitely more of a textural achievement, but still delicious. 90pts

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