2008 Raptor Ridge Meredith Mitchell Vineyard Pinot Noir

Raptor Ridge Meredith Mitchell Vineyard Pinot Noir: It’s been a while since I tasted something so unique that left me literally speechless. After tasting twice, I still cannot pinpoint if the flavors I taste are terroir driven or from winemaking techniques.

I guess this is where I should quiet the wine geek inside me and simply enjoy how fabulous this wine tastes. The way I usually like to describe Oregon Pinot Noir is to classify it as either masculine or feminine. The later is a pretty, fruit forward light to medium style, and the masculine is full-bodied, dark and brooding. This wine captures the best of both worlds, which is probably what makes it so interesting. Its captivating black fruit forward nose pulls you in to sample the layered, complex, sexy, structured candied apple raspberry flavors that lead to rich ripe tannins with balanced acidity.

I’m buying a case and hope to drink my last bottle in 2018, but I will probably be kicking myself to find out I should have cellared it for five more years. 435 case production. ~Pamela Heiligenthal

Rating: Excellent (94) | $38 | 14.1% ABV