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Our 2007 Pinot noir/Willamette Valley is a complex blend of 13 different vineyards and clones, each harvested, fermented and barrel-aged separately. Fruit in this cuvee was predominately sourced from the Laurelwood soils of the Chehalem Mountains AVA: Hawks View Vineyard (30%) as well as Shaw Mountain and Dion Vineyards (9%), Arbre Verte Vineyard (4%) and Eds Vineyard (4%). All of these sites have fairly mature vines, with Arbre Verte leading the pack at 28 years. The typical plumy notes and soft tannin profiles of the Chehalem Mountains AVA fruit were given form, structure and spice by blending fruit from sites in the McMinnville AVA: Stony Mountain Vineyard (22%) and a modicum from Meredith Mitchell Vineyard (7%).
This approachable Pinot has pleasing notes of plum and cherry cola on the nose. It opens with a light, high-toned cherry, but as it takes on air, finishes more fully and roundly with a focused dark cherry core and ripe plum meat nuances. Still young upon release, this wine will flesh out after its sixth month in the bottle. The boisterous balance of fruit and acid makes for a great wine-by-the-glass choice.
"Floral scents mingled with this wine's black raspberry aroma and a fine cedary sheen from the oak. The fruit is more reticent on the palate, the wine still snug in its wood. Cellar time will allow the elements to knit."
Wine & Spirits
Five distinctive vineyards throughout Oregons Northern Willamette Valley supply premium wine grapes for Raptor Ridge. Shea Vineyard and Wahle Vineyard, located between the small towns of Carlton and Yamill in the Willakenzie area supply our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, respectively. Located high in the Red Hills of Dundee, Murto Vineyard provides some intensely spiced Pinot Noir...Read More About Raptor Ridge
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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