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Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris 2009

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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The wine is brilliant with a pale hint of color and pleasing white flower aromas mingled with pear and citrus notes that waft from the glass. Silky in texture with moderate palate weight and a pleasing minerality, our 2009 Pinot gris tastes of Bartlett pear mingled with a touch of Meyer lemon. A modest 0.5% residual sugar uplifts the fruit and balances nicely with the natural acidity maintained by the cool fermentation. Pair with cedar plank roasted salmon, shellfish in garlic butter, or just enjoy this delightfully polished wine as a cocktail alternative on a sunny summer patio at the end of a long day.

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This is a lean, angular wine with scents of dried apple and a toasty note of lees. The flavors are firm and pear-like, with a minerality that makes it a good foil for lemon-scented sand dabs.
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Raptor Ridge Winery, , Oregon
Raptor Ridge
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 grown in volcanic, Jory soils. Both Murto and Whale vineyards are well over 20 years old- among the oldest in the Willamette Valley winegrowing region. Our youngest vineyards: Harbinger and Teunge vineyards, are just now coming on-line supplying us with Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc fruit from DiJion clones.

In each vintage year, Raptor Ridge produces about 1000 cases of wines using traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques. High quality is the focus, not higher quantities. Raptor Ridge shares a twelve-acre estate with families of Raptors (buteos and accipiters)- birds of prey such as Red Tail Hawks, Kestrels and Sharp-Shinned Hawks. We are nestled atop a heavily forested ridge in the Chehalem Mountains 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. Our foggy ridge is ideally suited to a naturally cool winemaking regime important in capturing delicate aromas and flavors. Our wines age in French oak with racking in synchrony with the full moon. Our goal is to deliver in our wines all of the natural flavor, delicate aromas and beauty offered by Oregons Willamette Valley winegrowing region.

Our winemaking philosophy has two tenets: one committing the winemaker to deep personal involvement with the vines and every barrel of wine; the other balancing science with tradition. Our approach to winemaking focuses as much on the vineyard as it does the cellar. Winemaker Scott Shull is personally involved alongside growers and field hands in pruning, trellising, cluster counting, cluster thinning, leaf pulling, quality monitoring, and all harvest decisions. Uniquely- during harvest, Scott is in the field picking fruit alongside seasonal workers, and personally transports the wine grapes back to Raptor Ridge were he oversees the "crush." Family and friends are involved in processing the fruit into fermentation vats while Scott personally adjusts nutrients, inoculation, fermentation processes, and wine handling procedures. Its Scotts philosophy to intervene as little as possible in the miracle of wine, while employing a full knowledge of fermentation science only to avoid diminishment of quality or removal of flaws.

NWWRR09G_2009 Item# 106406

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