Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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6. Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve (2008)

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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 one. There’s nice fruit here that remains fresh, it’s just very wrapped up on itself at this point. With time the fruit starts to open and 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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