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Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Candied and a bit toasty on the nose with hints of root beer and beetroot along with vanilla over a base of lightly peachy, candied bitter cherry fruit. This is light and tense on the palate with very transparent flavors of bitter cherry fruit over dried herbs, chalky soil tones, a touch of rust and stones and a bit of beetroot. Almost beefy on the mid-palate, this remains taut and underpinned by stiff little tannins. There's a strong savory, dried herb, dried mushroomy overlay to the flavors here which lends this a Burgundian quality. This finishes with snap, focus and good length to boot. Not going to be a crowd pleaser but this is really well put together if this is your style. 90pts

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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
89065217,191
4.00 5
11/19/2012

Candied and a bit toasty on the nose with hints of root beer and beetroot along with vanilla over a base of lightly peachy, candied bitter cherry fruit. This is light and tense on the palate with very transparent flavors of bitter cherry fruit over dried herbs, chalky soil tones, a touch of rust and stones and a bit of beetroot. Almost beefy on the mid-palate, this remains taut and underpinned by stiff little tannins. There's a strong savory, dried herb, dried mushroomy overlay to the flavors here which lends this a Burgundian quality. This finishes with snap, focus and good length to boot. Not going to be a crowd pleaser but this is really well put together if this is your style. 90pts




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