Raptor Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29

By on December 15, 2013

raptor-ridge-pinot-noir-oregon-2012-labelOregon winemakers warmly embraced the 2012 vintage, and lovers of Pinot Noir continue to benefit from the ripe results as better fruit means more flavorful wines in the larger production bottlings from their favorite wineries. Here’s a prime example from Newberg’s Scott Schull, whose Oregon Pinot Noir carries more fruit flavors than his 2011 release. This vintage brought together eight vineyards, including his estate Tuscowallame in the Chehalem Mountains, and the aromas create memories of cherry juice, strawberry, fresh plum and a faint hint of moist truffles. There’s refinement on the entry of raspberry and black cherry with a touch of milk chocolate. Cranberry acidity makes for persistence with nicely tamed tannins. A sense of savory conjures up thoughts of pairing with Mongolian Beef.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,825 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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