2014 Meredith Mitchell Vineyard
Susan Meredith and Frank Mitchell first approached Scott and Annie about their McMinnville AVA vineyard in 1999 concerning the impending vintage 2000. They liked what Scott was doing with Murto Vineyard and Shea Vineyard fruit, and as new land owners, wanted to see what Scott could do with their Pommard clone planted at 400-foot elevation on shallow Willakenzie soils with veins of fractured basalt.
The resulting wine quickly became recognizable in the Raptor Ridge lineup from this vintage forward for its signature inky blue hue, matched on the palate with intense aromas and flavors of blue-black fruit, and concentrated spice notes of briar and sage. The Meredith Mitchell Vineyard designate is a perennial favorite of Flight Club devotees.
Also a fantastic blending tool, Raptor Ridge has included Meredith Mitchell fruit in Trig, Flight Club, & Willamette Valley cuvees. Due to its amazing structure, Meredith Mitchell often provides a sturdy backbone to our Reserve cuvee.
Raptor Ridge also purchases two acres of Pinot gris from Meredith Mitchell that provides later-ripening acidity and spice to our Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.