Raptor Ridge Winery Willamette Valley
The Schulls produce a small and impressive range of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from a range of sources as well as one of the best value Willamette bottlings to be found in the State. They founded their winery in 1995 and have since planted a 7.5 ha (18 acre) site, which is farmed organically in the Chehalem Mountains. Output is now around 7,500 cases a year. As well as the Pinot Noir bottlings there is an attractive fresh minerally pure Pinot Gris, which is fermented in a mix of stainless steel and some used oak. Micro-oxygenation is used to develop the wine in the cellar. The Willamette comes from a range of sites that the Schulls feel will provide them with an attractive fruit driven style of Pinot. The rich and darkly fruited Reserve Pinot is vinified with a small proportion of whole clusters and aged in one-third new wood. From the McMinville area is the Meredith Mitchell bottling. The very rocky soils provide for a more dark and spicy wine with added dimension from the wellintegrated oak. The Shea vineyard is earthy and gamey with a dark-fruit core and a rich, truffle undercurrent together with a firm mineral structure that underpins the wine. The home estate vineyard, Tuscowallame is also now released and Pinot Noir also comes from the Olenik and Black Hole Vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains, the Goodrich and Gran Moraine Vineyards in Yamhill- Carlton as well as the Crawford Beck Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. An excellent, well-priced small range, the single vineyard wines all deserve cellaring for 4 or 5 years. A Pinot rosé is also made along with a Tempranillo and unusually now a Grüner Veltliner from the estate vineyard. (DM)
Raptor Ridge Winery Willamette Valley www.raptoridge.com
Scott & Annie Schull 29090 SW Wildhaven Lane, Scholls, OR 97115
Tel: 503 887-5595 Fax: 503 628-6255
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