Raptor Ridge Cuvees
Alongside Raptor Ridge's focus on site-specific wines, we also dedicate time and cellar-space to crafting red cuvees: careful blends of multiple vineyards aimed at producing nuanced flavors and aromas. These wines are blended around the vintage, and guided by the winemaker's palate through the process of tasting multiple barrels.
We are eager to share this approachable sipper around the dinner table. The nose is pretty, with soft notes of red fruits like red currants, red raspberry and a meaty spice, with a hint of Oregon forest floor that cries out for chanterelles. The palate has an ample finish with notes of black tea and cherry compote. Enjoy now with chicken marsala, grilled herbed salmon, or cellar to see how this wine evolves. Feel free to decant this wine to encourage aroma development at the table.
92 Points, "Best Buy," Wine And Spirits Magazine
Rated Excellent, "...beautifully structured and approachable." --Great Northwest Wine
With its oak-spice aromas and wood-enriched texture, this feels like an old-school red. The wine’s cherry flavor drives through the oak on a tense line of acidity, that tension suggesting that it’s not quite ready to drink. Lay it down for six months or more before opening with roast pork. - 91 Points W&S - April 2017
The 2013 Trig is a blend of our Tuscowallame Estate fruit (66%) with Shea Vineyard (33%). After spending 9 months in French Oak barrels, this wine was bottled and held for our Flight Club members, and was first opened during the March 2015 Flight Club Release.
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The 2011 Trig is a blend of Olenik and Goodrich Vineyards. 2011 is known as a rather shy vintage, but there is nothing shy about this cuvee. Trig is very expressive on the nose with boisterous, velvety fruit. Black cherry cola meets red vine and licorice whips. On the palate, this expressive character continues, wrapped up in a terrifically rich and structured wine, with hints of black tea and “woodsy” spices like cedar and clove. Enjoy now with pork chops and apple sauce. This wine will only continue to broaden over the next seven years as it ages.
Smart, faithful, and true, Trig is the epitome of quality Oregon Pinot. This wine is always comprised of our two best barrels. For vintage 2011 Trig, we selected from two rather ‘cultish’ vineyards, Olenik in the Chehalem Mountains, and Goodrich from the Yamhill Carlton AVA.