September 29, 2015

2012 Raptor Ridge Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 276 cases, $55. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A complex and chameleon nose that changes in the glass over time. Aromas of black cherry, dark berry jam, marzipan, humus, earthy flora and oak emerge. The boysenberry, black cherry and black plum fruit has a glass-filling presence but the wine is endlessly gentle. A little sous bois adds interest. The tannins are muscular but not astringent and need time to soften and integrate. The wine becomes significantly better over an hour’s time in the glass. Great potential here long term. Score: 92. Reviewed December 18, 2013

Winery: Raptor Ridge Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir