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Raptor Ridge Estate (Tuscowallame) Vineyard

Raptor Ridge Estate’s Tuscowallame Vineyard is located in Oregon’s beautiful Chehalem Mountains about 25 miles southwest of Portland. The vineyard site slopes east-southeast with sweeping views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams—and on a very clear day, even Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. At about 500 feet in elevation, this gently sloping land is frequently visited by red tailed hawks, Peregrine falcons, barn owls, and great horned owls. Tuscowallame is an indigenous word meaning “place where the owls dwell.”

Purchased in 2000, the site was a defunct cherry orchard. A year was spent digging out over 2000 cherry trees, ripping and cross ripping the soils to remove ancient cherry roots. The vineyard was planted in three phases, and each block is named for the vineyard manager who planted it. Adalfo’s Block was planted in 2001 by Adalfo Jimenez and was a ‘test block’ with a field blend of 115, 667, and 777 clones of Pinot noir and 1.5 acres of Grüner Veltliner. Macario’s Block was planted by Macario Ramirez in 2004, and contains Pommard, 667, and 777 clones of Pinot noir. Dustin’s Block was planted in 2007 by Dustin Miller, and contains Pommard and 114 clones of Pinot noir. Elevations range from 250 to 498 feet on our Loess-based Laurelwood soils with Jory underlayment.

Our estate Pinot noir is noted for its silky texture, fine-grained tannins, Italian plum, cherry, black pepper and mineral notes. Tuscowallame Pinot noir may be found in many of our cuvees, such as Trig, Flight Club Select, Reserve, and Willamette Valley. Our first vintages from the estate were released as Adolfo’s Block 2006-2010. Since 2011, we have blended the now-mature Macario and Dustin blocks with Adolfo’s to achieve a 500+ case Estate bottling.

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Raptor Ridge's Tuscowallame Vineyard, meaning “place where the owls dwell,” is located in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains about 25 miles southwest of Portland. Our estate Pinot noir is noted for its silky texture, fine-grained tannins, Italian plum, cherry, black pepper and mineral notes. 92pts - James Suckling

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2014 Estate Whole Cluster Image

The 2014 Estate Whole Cluster is sourced from Pinot Noir clone 114 from Blocks 10 and 11, and Pommard from Block 9, on our Estate (Tuscowallame) vineyard. The warmth of the vintage resulted in sufficiently lignified stems to allow Scott to craft this limited wine. The motivation behind partial whole-cluster fermentation is a wine marked by complex tannins, as well as intriguing spice on the nose and palate. Fully ripe pinot noir from younger estate vines reveals red and black berry fruit, with licorice and floral resonance. This wine will age beautifully, as the ripe tannins integrate over time!

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2015 Estate Vineyard 777 Clone Image

Vivid aroma of Italian plum and crushed cherry ignite the palate in this succulent wine.

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2015 Estate Whole Cluster Image

25% whole grape cluster inclusion adds complex tannins, as well as intriguing spice on the nose and palate in this Tuscowallame Vineyard Pinot.

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