Points and Press - 2009 Vintage
International Wine Cellar
91 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Estate Adalfo
"Bright ruby-red. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by cola, mocha and licorice nuances. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering powerful dark fruit flavors that show more energy with air. Closes with impressive power, leaving spicy cherry and blackberry notes behind. Give this hefty, intensely flavored pinot some air time."
89 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Estate Adalfo
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Adolfo’s Block sports a nose of exotic spices, rose petal, red fruits, and toast. Spicy, savory, and forward on the palate, it will provide enjoyment over the next 6 years."
88 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Harbinger
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Harbinger Vineyard is a site farmed by Raptor Ridge who takes all the fruit. Spice box, incense, toast, cherry, and raspberry aromas inform the nose of a smooth-textured, spicy Pinot in need of a bit more depth and concentration (the principal failing of the vintage)."
85 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Meredith Mitchell
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell Vineyard exhibits herbal notes bordering on green. It also reveals considerably more tannin than is typical in this forward vintage. Perhaps these issues will resolve with a few years of bottle aging but that is a gamble."
92 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Harbinger
"Supple, generous and complex, layered with ripe blackberry, cherry, roasted meat and gentle spice flavors that come together smoothly and flow through the tannic finish. This has depth and succulence. Drink now through 2019. 100 cases made." –HS
Wine Spectator, February 28, 2013
92 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Meredith Mitchell
"Bright and jazzy, this is light on its feet and brimming with raspberry, green tea and spice flavors. Lingers impressively with a hint of mineral character on the finish. Drink now through 2019." — H.S.
Wine Spectator Insider, June 13, 2012
93 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Reserve
"Supple, refined and distinctive for the purity and clarity of its dark berry, cherry and guava flavors, lingering easily on the light, expressive finish." — H.S.
Wine Advocate, October 28, 2011
90 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Reserve
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve is a blend of all seven vineyards with which Raptor Ridge works. It is free of any greenness while displaying notes of toasty oak, spice box, and black fruits. On the palate it exhibits plenty of depth, layered fruit, a bit of succulence, and good concentration. It should drink well through 2019."
Wine Advocate, October 28, 2011
90 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Shea
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard offers up darker fruits including black cherry and black raspberry as well as some structure. Succulent on the palate, this lengthy effort is likely to have a positive evolution of 1-2 years."
Wine Spectator, June 30, 2011
88 Points: 2009 Pinot noir Willamette Valley
Wine & Spirits, October 2010
90 Points: 2009 Pinot gris Willamette Valley
"This is a lean, angular wine with scents of dried apple and a toasty note of lees. The flavors are firm and pear-like, with a minerality that makes it a good foil for lemon-scented sand dabs." - Patrick Comiskey
California Grapevine, August-September 2010
91 Points, Second Place: 2009 Pinot gris Willamette Valley
"Medium-light yellow color; attractive, forward, floral, citrussy, ripe stone fruit aroma with hints of ginger and minerality; medium-full body; slightly rich, supple, white peach and ripe pear flavors with a slight hint of residual sugar and a touch of lime zest; crisp finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."