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2006 Vintage

In 2006, grapes received quite a bit of hang time to develop a lush and hedonistic flavor profile. By the time the right flavors developed in the grapes, the potential alcohols had risen to high octane levels! At Raptor Ridge, we eschew watering and acidifying our wines, so please enjoy this once-in-a-decade vintage — 2006.

 

Vineyards

Points
and Press

Pinot Gris

   

Bellevue Cross
Meredith Mitchell
Yamhill Springs

 

Pinot Noir

   
Estate Adalfo 2006 Pinot Noir

Estate Adalfo
2006 Pinot Noir

Tuscowallame

87 WA

90 WS

PF

Wine Advocate
October 30, 2008
87 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Raptor Ridge Estate Adalfo's Block

"The 2006 Pinot Noir R.R. Estate Adalfo's Block is dark ruby-colored with a slight herbal quality in its aromatics. It has good flavors but narrows a bit on the palate. Drink it over the next four years." - Jay Miller

Wine Spectator
December 15, 2008
90 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Raptor Ridge Estate Adalfo's Block

"Smooth, focused and rife with plum and currant flavors, finishing with firm tannins and impressive intensity. Aromas of pepper and smoke waft through on the finish. Best from 2009 through 2016." - Harvey Steiman

PinotFile
December 17, 2008
2006 Pinot noir
Raptor Ridge Estate Adalfo's Block

"The palate of dark fruits is vigorous with flavor and character. The sappy blackberry liquor is long and tasty. A gentle touch of herbs and spices adds interest. The alcohol is well-integrated and the whole package is quite satisfying."

Harbinger

 

Meredith Mitchell

91 WS
++ NWP

90+ WA

PF

Wine Spectator Insider
April 23, 2008
91 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Meredith Mitchell

"Bright and beautifully focused, showing off its raspberry and blackberry fruit to the hilt as the soft tannins slide serenely underneath. There's acidity here as well, but it doesn't take over." - Harvey Steiman

Northwest Palate
May/June 2008
2 Out of 3 Clusters
2006 Pinot noir
Meredith Mitchell

"Deep and brooding purple color leads to rich aromas of plum and barrel toast, violet blossoms, and smoke. Equally dense on the palate, lush and ripe plum and blackberry flavors are concentrated, yet well-crafted acids and tannins provide a boundary to contain the fruits' power, thereby lending elegance and grace. Additional notes of smoke, mocha, tea leaf, and tobacco add interest. Mouthfilling and juicy, complex and compelling, serve with a haunch of roasted venison - but save a few bottles for the cellar." - Cole Danehower

Wine Advocate
October 30, 2008
90+ Points
2006 Pinot noir
Meredith Mitchell

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell Vineyard is dark ruby-colored with an alluring perfume of cedar, spice box, mineral, black cherry, and black raspberry. Plump and layered on the palate, the wine has a solid structure, several years of aging potential, and incipient complexity. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it from 2012 to 2021." - Jay Miller

PinotFile
December 17, 2008
2006 Pinot noir
Meredith Mitchell

"A plush palate of dark berries, earth, meat and game with a barely noticeable nerve of acidity. Admirable integration of oak and alcohol. Substantial tannins may require more time to meld."

Arbre Vert
Bellevue Cross
Hawks View
Meredith Mitchell
Shea
Stony Mountain
Yamhill Springs

94 VF

88 WS

90 WA

Vinfolio
March 4, 2008
94 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Reserve

"Scott Shull's 2006 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Reserve (VF 94) sources nearly half of its fruit from Shea, and the rest from Meredith Mitchell Vineyards, which is built on a backbone of Dijon 115, 777 and Pommard. A jaw-dropping stellar example of Oregon's top vintage in a decade." - Doug Wilder

Wine Spectator
September 30, 2008
88 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Reserve

"Lithe and subtle, a silky-textured Pinot with pretty floral overtones to the cherry and dusky herb flavors, lingering on the ripe finish. Drink now through 2012." - Harvey Steiman

Wine Advocate
October 30, 2008
90 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Reserve

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve is a slightly darker color and a bit more restrained aromatically. The wine has good focus and delineation with black cherry and black raspberry fruit appearing on the mid-palate. Nicely balanced and concentrated, the wine has a persistent, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next four years." - Jay Miller

Shea

91 WS
96 VF

+ NWP

90 WA

PF

Vinfolio
February 22, 2008
96 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Shea

"The Shea Vineyard is one of the most sought after sites for Pinot noir in North America. Wines produced from this site repeatedly garner the highest accolades. Stylistically, Scott Shull's interpretation is classic Shea to me. Using the flawless 2006 Auteur Shea Vineyard as a benchmark, I believe Raptor Ridge comes very close. Sourced from a pair of blocks: 11 and 33, both Dijon clones 114 and 777, respectively. A ginger and black cherry nose with soft undertones of mocha and vanilla dust. The palate shows well defined weight and deeply structured flavors: blackberry, plum, hints of smoky licorice and kirsch that coat the palate with velvet-like tannins. Another Shea masterpiece." - Doug Wilder

Northwest Palate
July/August 2008
1 Out of 3 Clusters
2006 Pinot noir
Shea

"Earthy and spicy notes on the nose include graham and cinnamon as well as a touch of the forest floor. Big, ripe, and plush cherry fruit is soft and succulent on the palate. Notes of caramel and vanilla, and perhaps a light stem quality provide contrast to the fruit sweetness. Serve with pork and chorizo sausages." - Cole Danehower

Wine Advocate
October 30, 2008
90 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Shea

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is medium ruby-colored with an expressive perfume of pain grille, cherry, and raspberry. Elegantly styled with sweet racy red fruits and good acidity, this moderately lengthy effort can be enjoyed over the next five years. " - Jay Miller

PinotFile
September 15, 2008
2006 Pinot noir
Shea

"Pleasant and complex perfume of red Pinot fruits, herbs, vegetable garden, vitamins and pears. Earthy and brooding on the palate with flavors of dark cherries and currents and a hint of green tomato. With time in the glass, more red fruits emerge, including red cherries and cranberries. Admirable elegance and balance with the alcohol perfectly integrated."

Wine Spectator Insider
April 23, 2008
91 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Shea

"Light and airy. A silky-textured style that plays its sandalwood-scented cherry and raspberry flavors gently, letting them linger on the clear-headed finish." - Harvey Steiman

Stony Mountain

90 WS

Wine Spectator Insider
April 23, 2008
90 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Stony Mountain

"Crisp in texture, with a dark cast to the smoky black cherry flavors, which linger against hints of hot stone minerality as the savory finish rolls on." - Harvey Steiman

Arbre Vert
Bellevue Cross
Hawks View
Meredith Mitchell
Shea
Stony Mountain
Yamhill Springs

88 W&S

91 WS

++ NWP

89 WA

 

Northwest Palate
July/August 2008
2 Out of 3 Clusters
2006 Pinot noir
Willamette Valley

"The savory aromas of dark cherry and blackberry fruit are complemented by notes of dried earth and herbs. In the mouth cherry and raspberry fruit cascade across the tongue with a yielding texture and a concentrated force. Yet there is restraint here. The sweet fruit is backed by notes of dried sage and cola. The acidity is fresh, yet not too bold, and the tannins are present, yet yielding. The classic Pinot restraint combined with a focus of flavors is delightful. Serve with a pork tenderloin stuffed with dried fruit." - Cole Danehower

Wine Spectator Insider
May 28, 2008
91 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Willamette Valley

"Soft, ripe and appealing for its cherry and red berry flavors as they roll unimpeded over fine tannins and hang around on the finish, where they suggest prosciutto and spice. Drink now through 2014." - Harvey Steiman

Wine Advocate
October 30, 2008
89 Points
2006 Pinot noir
Willamette Valley

"The 2006 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is medium ruby-colored, and offers up a toasty bouquet with cherry and raspberry aromas. Supple, easy-going, and ripe, the wine is made in a crowd-pleasing style for near-term drinking." - Jay Miller

Wine & Spirits
April 2008
88 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Willamette Valley

"YEAR'S BEST" 2008
"BEST BUY" 2008

"Oak dominates this youthful wine for the moment, with aromas of vanilla and caramel cloaking the bright red cherry fruit. Some time in the cellar should bring it into balance, then serve it with lamb chops." - Patrick Comiskey

Yamhill Springs

92 W&S

+ NWP

Wine & Spirits
April 2008
92 Points:
2006 Pinot noir
Yamhill Springs

"YEAR'S BEST" 2008

"This wine's exotic scents of woodland berries have hints of meat and salinity. The palate offers a bright, youthful fruit imprint, its black plum flavors marked by a mild, tarragon-like herb flavor. Its complexity suggests pairing with braised rabbit." - Patrick Comiskey

Northwest Palate
July/August 2008
1 Out of 3 Clusters
2006 Pinot noir
Yamhill Springs

"Aromas of black cherry fruit, graham and cocoa promise a big-style wine, which is fully delivered on the palate. Weighty plum and black cherry flavors are accented with notes of chocolate and vanilla, plus a hint of spice. Thick in texture, but with polished tannins and enough acidity to add a freshening note, this lushly styled Pinot would pair well with a grilled flank steak." - Cole Danehower

     
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