Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 100-91

By on December 26, 2014

95. Raptor Ridge 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $45

raptor-ridge-winery-reserve-pinot-noir-2012-labelNewberg, Ore., winemaker Scott Shull pays tribute to the great horned owl with this reserve-style Pinot Noir, and he donates a portion of the sales to the ¡Salud! healthcare program for wine-country migrant workers. Nine vineyards – led by the Shulls’ Tuscowallame Vineyard (41%) – produce rich and fruity aromas of Craisins, raspberry, grilled strawberry and elderberry, with an alluring touch of salted caramel. There’s a darker fruit profile on the palate with hints of Marionberry, blueberry and elderberry. Juicy acidity and a late push of tannins carry along the finish of black cherry and black currant, which combine to give the wine terrific balance. Thanks to the remarkable and bountiful 2012 vintage, this Chehalem Mountains vintner increased production of his reserve by more than 50 percent.

Production: 1,507 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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