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Points and Press - 2005 Vintage

Wine & Spirits, August 2007

92 Points, Year's Best 2008: 2005 Pinor noir Willamette Valley Reserve
"Drawn from a half-dozen Willamette Valley sources, this composed, gentle wine offers up a classic tension between ripe red fruit and an earthy, vinous core. It's dark and heavy, but the fruit — sweet, generous red cherry and strawberry — is lifted and taut, finishing with impressive length. It has the tension and structure for duck breast." - Patrick Comiskey

91 Points, Year's Best 2008:
2005 Pinot noir Willamette Valley Yamhill Springs
"Lighter and more herbal than the Reserve, this earthy wine from the new Yamhill-Carlton AVA west of Yamhill has a burnished, leathery scent. Aromas of sun-ripened strawberries peek through with air, delivering fruit that feels bright, fresh and delicious. For plank-roasted salmon." - Patrick Comiskey

89 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Willamette Valley Meredith Mitchell
"From one of the older vineyards in the new McMinnville AVA, this wine shows the appellation's strengths, its dark fruit scents accented by a root-cellar earthiness. Pillowy and plush, the black cherry and plum fruit is very ripe and well supported by oak. Cellar for a year at least, then pair with herb-roasted chicken." - Patrick Comiskey

Wine Enthusiast, July 2007

91 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Meredith Mitchell
"Pungent with tomato leaf and fresh-turned earth. Young and tight, spicy and earthy, this is a classic example of the Oregon style. The alcohol (presumably ripeness) is significantly lower than in past vintages, and the flavors follow suit. Watch this develop over the next five to eight years." - Paul Gregutt

90 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Shea
"Fragrant and inviting, with rose petals soaked in chocolate, tasted outdoors on a pine-scented evening. It's a beautifully detailed and powerful wine, the classic iron fist in the velvet glove. The cherry fruit is ripe and lovely, and there is a slight impression of alcoholic heat in the finish." - Paul Gregutt

87 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Yamhill Springs
"Despite its youth, this is already showing a light orange tone and the fruit is round, ripe and quickly maturing. It's drinking well, with forward flavors of berry, plum and leaf. Tannins are tight and hard, ripe but unyielding." - Paul Gregutt

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2007

90 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Shea
"Ripe and spicy, this is a supple, velvety wine with nicely delineated plum and currant flavors that linger against hints of white pepper and dark chocolate. Better than previously reviewed." - Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator, May 31, 2007

88 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Stony Mountain
"Lithe, polished and appealing for its caramel-scented cherry and smoke flavors that linger on the finish." - Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator, March 2007

91 Points: 2005 Pinot noir Reserve
"Lithe, supple and generous with its plum and blackberry fruit, hinting at sweet leather on the finish as it sails on unimpeded by tannins. Lovely stuff, and it should deepen with cellaring. Drink now through 2013. - Harvey Steiman

Food & Wine, March 2007

Star Selection
"Most of the grapes in this elegant, multi-vineyard blend (2005 Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot noir) come from the Stony Mountain Vineyard, perched on a hillside in Oregon's Yamhill County."

Bon Appétit, July 2006

"Look for ripe styles of Pinot Gris from Oregon, like Raptor Ridge's 2005 Willamette Valley...these wines serve as the perfect foil for anything that goes to the grill seasoned with Cajun spices, especially fish — the heat of blackened swordfish, say, tempered by sweet ripeness, its rich flesh augmented with rich fruit flavors." - Patrick Comiskey

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