RAPTOR RIDGE "Shea Vineyards" Pinot Noir 2015

(Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, OR) $44

Raptor Ridge’s pinot noir from the famous Shea Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is not inexpensive exactly. But at $8 a glass, it delivers waves of sumptuous and beautiful pinot flavors and textures. I’d spend $8 a glass any day if I could get a pinot this good. I’m guessing that a considerable part of the success of this wine is the Shea Vineyard, one of the greatest vineyards in the Willamette, and a vineyard that, were this Burgundy centuries ago, would have probably been deemed a Grand Cru. Many wineries now make a pinot from this esteemed vineyard, but here’s a chance to taste it for a (relative) song.  Just 590 cases were produced, but you can still get your hands on it. (14.1% abv)

93 points KM

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