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Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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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Raptor Ridge Winery:
Raptor Ridge shares a 27-acre estate with families of Raptors — birds of prey such as Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Sharp-Shinned Hawks and Owls. We are located on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains, 10 miles north of Newberg, Oregon. At Raptor Ridge, our winemaking goal is to capture the fresh fruit flavors and delicate aromas offered by Oregon's Willamette Valley winegrowing region... Read more
Raptor Ridge shares a 27-acre estate with families of Raptors — birds of prey such as Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Sharp-Shinned Hawks and Owls. We are located on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains, 10 miles north of Newberg, Oregon. At Raptor Ridge, our winemaking goal is to capture the fresh fruit flavors and delicate aromas offered by Oregon's Willamette Valley winegrowing region. Raptor Ridge Pinot noir ages in French oak and is racked in synchrony with the dark of the moon. Raptor Ridge Pinot gris is made in a refreshing Alsacian style. Vineyards In addition to our own 27-acre estate property, several distinctive vineyards throughout Oregon's northern Willamette Valley supply premium wine grapes for Raptor Ridge. Our Pinot noir style favors deep red and blue-fruit flavors and baker's chocolate aromas often derived from winegrapes grown in the McMinnville Foothills area. Our Vineyard Designated wines, as well as our Reserve and Willamette Valley Pinot noirs, hail from several well-known winegrowers. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,736
4.50 5
11/28/2011

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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