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Points and Press - 2004 Vintage

Santé, May 2006

Prestige: 2004 Pinot Noir Reserve
Dried blackberry and plum flavors complemented by molasses, soy, and burnt brown sugar; creamy texture contrasts nicely with the bright acidity. Lamb stew with spring vegetables.

Wine Enthusiast, May 2006

93 Points, Editors' Choice: 2004 Pinot noir Meredith Mitchell
"There's plenty of toast for the new-oakies, but it's wrapped around lovely raspberry and plum fruit. Light notes of mint and leather add interest; the wine resonates nicely and gently fades rather than falling off a cliff. Not as massively ripe as the 2003, but equally fine."

92 Points: 2004 Pinot noir Shea
"The Shea is the most dense and concentrated wine among the 2004s. Jammed with blackberry, cherry, plum, licorice and earthy tannins. Great concentration and a smoky, black-tea finish. This is one to tuck away for a few years."

92 Points, Editors' Choice: 2004 Pinot noir Stony Mountain
"Lovely aromatics here: raspberry jam and fresh-baked brioche. The tart, tangy fruit suggests cranberries and plums; it's a light purple, beautifully clear and brilliant wine, a pleasure to look at as well as to savor. As before, it shows tremendous definition and balance; it's beautifully structured, transparent and concentrated."

90 Points: 2004 Pinot noir Reserve
"Broadly fruity and undeniably delicious, the winery's reserve mixes raspberry and bing cherry preserves, spicy baked apple and dusty cinnamon. Smooth, young and ready to go. What's not to like?"

90 Points, Editors' Choice: 2004 Pinot noir Willamette Valley
"A fine mix of sweet, young, pretty cherry fruit. Not just a simple fruit basket, it is firm, but yielding, with finishing flavors of earth and wood."

Wine & Spirits, April 2006

Year's Best Pinot Noir List:
"Over the last 12 months, Wine & Spirits tasted 453 American pinot noirs." Raptor Ridge produced 2 of the 17 that made the magazine's "Year's Best" list:
2004 Pinot noir Willamette Valley: 93 Points
See complete rating below, Wine & Spirits, April 2006

Wine & Spirits, April 2006

93 Points: 2004 Pinot noir Willamette Valley
"Oregon made its reputation on graceful, gentle wines like this. It's generous, with fresh, bright kirschwasser scents grounded by a fine, humus-like element; its fruit cushioned by oak but not overtaken by it, with just enough acid for lift and contour. It's a balance that's hard to find in American pinot, and a lovely accompaniment to duck confit." - Patrick Comiskey

90 Points: 2004 Pinot noir Reserve
"Opulent, quintessential American pinot noir, this wine has plenty of forward, delicious black cherry flavor and vanilla oak, so generous and up front it's hard to resist. Serve with a grilled pork chop." - Patrick Comiskey

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