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.”
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 has been working with Olenik Vineyard since 2009. Located on the warmer south-facing bench of the Chehalem Mountain AVA, these Pommard Clone Pinot Noir blocks are fast becoming a favored vineyard designate in the Raptor Ridge program. Fruit from this site also provides a great blending tool for our winemaking team. Olenik fruit is noted for its brooding, dark, richness and structure. Raptor Ridge uses Olenik Vineyard fruit in its Reserve, Willamette Valley and Vineyard designate bottlings.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 Duo is a two barrel selection of Pinot Noir from Blocks 10 and 11 of the Estate Tuscowallame Vineyard - initially released exclusively to Flight Club Members, the Duo presents red and blue fruit aromas, and a supple texture. Needless to say, this is an extremely limited wine!
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 Goodrich boasts rich, dark fruit and a velvety texture, delicious now or in five to seven years.
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%.