Raptor Ridge Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

By on October 20, 2014

raptor-ridge-winery-estate-pinot-noir-2012-labelA decade ago, Scott Shull began planting his Tuscowallame Vineyard, and this plush wine is a blend of the six clones established there — 114, 115, 777, Pommard and Wadenswil. The nose features classic aromas of strawberry jam and dusty black cherry, along with plum juice, pomegranate, lime and violets. The drink is led by flavors of cherry jam, red currant and cherry pie filling, which brings an even flow of acidity and easy tannins. In November, the Newberg winery launches its Winter Brunch Series at the tasting room, but they suggest serving this wine with a wild mushroom risotto.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 500 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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