Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir
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Raptor Ridge sources from our estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, Tuscowallame, plus a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites – up to 12 in a given vintage spanning multiple sub-appellations in the region. These long-term partnerships with vineyards such as Shea and Meredith Mitchell have given us more “ingredients” with which to blend and ultimately provide sensory complexity in our winemaking style.
Tuscowallame Vineyard is an 18-acre site planted to predominantly Pinot Noir plus one and a half acres of Grüner Veltliner. It is comprised of 13 separate blocks, each planted to different clones and rootstocks that address distinct soil characteristics. The word, Tuscowallame, is an indigenous word meaning “where the owls dwell.”
A refined and elegant blend, and as its name suggests, inspires quiet, contemplative time to savor and enjoy. Crafted from Pinot Noir from our estate vineyard, Olenik, Shea and Temperance Hill, this is a “designer blend” that is developed with our club members in mind.
We harvest the 2014 Gran Moraine Vineyard Pinot Noir from Block 401at a Brix of 24.9 on the 21st of September, 2015. The wine spent 5 days on cold-soak maceration prior to an 18 day fermentation with 100% destemmed Pinot Noir grapes. The wine was matured 9 months if French oak barrels, with an overall new oak impact of 27%.
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 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir reveals the subtleties of the vintage, and is defined by a haunting aromatic profile of raspberry, dried rose petal and orange peel. This wine is lifted and bright on the palate, coming through with defined notes of strawberry, raspberry, white pepper, and an acidity typical of the '13 vintage. 91 pts - Wine Advocate & Wine Spectator
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
The 2014 Black Hole Vineyard Pinot Noir combined black fruit (think brambly blackberry) with an intriguing herbal tone. While mid-palate weight is rich and full, confirming the vintage, the finish is lifted and acidic.
Raptor Ridge Estate’s Tuscowallame Vineyard is located in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains about 25 miles southwest of Portland. 20% whole grape cluster inclusion adds complex tannins, as well as intriguing spice on the nose and palate.
Our second vintage working with this fascinating, high-elevation Eola-Amity Hills AVA vineyard. Savory notes of pine resin, mushroom, black pepper and olive mingle with blackberry and cassis.
In 2012 we had the great pleasure of adding a new sub AVA to the Raptor Ridge mix when David and Jeanne Beck approached us about working with their Dijon 115 clone Pinot noir from Crawford Beck Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills. These meticulously cared for vines are planted in Jory soils at 460-foot elevation and impart the classic blue fruits found in the Eola-Amity AVA with a lovely hint of forest floor/mushroom all wrapped up in a very silky texture. A cool site, these grapes typically come in later in the harvest.