Raptor Ridge Winery, 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

By on November 16, 2013

raptor-ridge-winery-2011-estate-pinot-noir-labelA later harvest than usual meant an Oct. 25 pick from Scott Shull’s Tuscowallame Vineyard, which sat as a cherry orchard until 2000. There’s a greeting of dark plums, blueberry, fresh cranberry and a forest floor with truffles. The entry is rich and smooth with plum, brambleberries and dark chocolate. Elegent tannins and a bright mix of blueberry and Montmorency cherry give it food-friendly and age-worthy acidity. Suggested fare leads with fresh and oily salmon.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 600 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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