A home estate owned by Ximena Orrego and Guy Insley, Atticus vineyard is a carefully tended site just outside of the town of Yamhill, Oregon. Raptor Ridge has been working with Atticus since 2006, first as a custom crush client for their own Atticus brand, and then infused in our own blends since 2010. Characterized by big red and black cherry fruit with tremendous length, these Pinot Noir clones of 667, 777 and Pommard are planted in Willakenzie soils at an elevation of 350 feet in the Yamhill–Carlton AVA.
Atticus Vineyard fruit has been utilized in our 2012 Trig, 2012 Reserve, and 2010 Willamette Valley offerings. In addition we are proud to offer our first Atticus Vineyard Designate bottling in 2012 to the Flight Club portfolio. (photo credit: www.atticuswine.com)
At 4 acres, Atticus is one of the smallest vineyards we source from. It can be found north of Yamhill, on Russel Creek Road. Marine sedimentary (Willakenzie) soils provide excellent drainage. Southern exposure results in rich, black fruit.
Atticus Vineyard fruit has been utilized in many of our cuvees and blends, and we were proud to offer our first Atticus Vineyard Designate wine in 2012. This 2013 vintage was harvested the first week of October at a lovely 23.2 Brix, was allowed to soak for 5 days, followed by a two-week fermentation after inoculation. The wine spent 9 months in French oak barrels, with a low intensity of new oak, allowing the natural fruit to shine through vividly in the finished product. The wine contains delicate nuances of candied strawberry and baking spice, and possesses soft and approachable tannin.