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.
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A pleasant nose of red licorice whip and plum compote introduces the palate to penetrating flavors of red cherry laced with vanilla bean on the wine’s entry. A subtle fine-grained tannin texture frames the wine, which is fleshed out by sappiness that stops short of becoming cloyingly sweet. The wine is clean and flawless — it should evolve to a showy gem peaking 2017 thru 2020, though enjoyable now.
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
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.
Raptor Ridge Winery honors the diverse soil types of the Willamette Valley growing region with this blend of select vineyards. Each year, our Reserve is crafted through a process of careful barrel selection, balanced with blending trials that result in the best blend that the vintage has to offer.
This wine delivers some of the classic characteristics of this subtle, silky vintage. On the nose, red fruit like red raspberry, cherry, and strawberry dominate with warm brown spice undertones. The palate, though a bit tightly wound, supports these red fruits, with echoes of the brown spices and even a hint of mint to finish. With decanting, this wine will open up, revealing the beauty she will become with more time in the cellar.
90 Points, Wine Spectator, "...polished in texture...flavors lingering in the lively finish."