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2010 Reserve

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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.

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2012 Reserve

A generous nose of ripe black fruits like plum, black cherry and blackberry, is backed up with licorice, cola and hints of violets. The palate has a sweet, jammy, baked cherry entry, which quickly shifts to wild ripe blackberries and candied fruit, with a hint of black tea. Not at all flabby, this wine has a terrific cleansing acidity. Balanced and ready to enjoy now, this wine could pair nicely with grilled lamb kebobs, or even steak frites! Or, hang on to a few bottles to follow that tremendously long finish through a little more cellar age.  

91 Points, Wine Spectator, "Taut, minerally and expressive...This has tension and persistence."

92 Points, Josh Reynolds, Vinous : "Sappy and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and cherry compote flavors sharpened by a peppery nuance. Seamless, broad and fleshy but lively as well, finishing with gentle framing tannins and strong thrust and cling."




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2011 Reserve

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."



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