Raptor Ridge, “Vineyard Select” Pinot Gris
Raptor Ridge, “Vineyard Select” Pinot Gris

Raptor Ridge, “Vineyard Select” Pinot Gris

Oregon / Willamette Valley, United States 2020 (750mL)
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Raptor Ridge, “Vineyard Select” Pinot Gris

“Vineyard Select” is sourced from three Willamette Valley vineyards. One is the Zenith Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, where soils combine marine sediments and volcanic basalt and Pacific currents passing through the Van Duzer corridor are most acutely felt. Other sources are the Dion Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains and the Logsdon Ridge vineyard, also in Eola-Amity.  

Raptor Ridge was founded in 1995 by Scott and Annie Schull, who started out on a hobby scale from their barn in Hillsboro. They cleared an old cherry orchard to create their 27-acre estate vineyard, which is planted to Pinot Noir and Grüner Veltliner (and is supplemented by fruit from contract growers). They opened their winery on the estate vineyard site in 2009.

Whole clusters of Pinot Gris grapes are “direct-pressed” to stainless steel tanks for fermentation (rather than being de-stemmed first), after which the wine spends an extended period in tank aging on its lees (spent yeasts). Malolactic fermentation is blocked, as a means of preserving crispness, but there is ample fruit concentration lending a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Deep straw-gold in the glass with a coppery tint, there are lots of juicy fruit aromas to lead off—green apple, Anjou pear, melon, lemon curd—along with hints of white flowers, loose tea, and wet stones. The palate is fleshy and nearly full-bodied, but the alcohol is modest and the finishing acidity brisk and refreshing. A great choice for simply prepared Pacific salmon or Dungeness crab.

Raptor Ridge, “Vineyard Select” Pinot Gris

United States


Columbia Valley

Like many Washington wines, the “Columbia Valley” indication only tells part of the story: Columbia Valley covers a huge swath of Central
Washington, within which are a wide array of smaller AVAs (appellations).


Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become an elite winegrowing zone in record time. Pioneering vintner David Lett, of The Eyrie Vineyard, planted the first Pinot Noir in the region in 1965, soon to be followed by a cadre of forward-thinking growers who (correctly) saw their wines as America’s answer to French
Burgundies. Today, the Willamette
Valley is indeed compared favorably to Burgundy, Pinot Noir’s spiritual home. And while Pinot Noir accounts for 64% of Oregon’s vineyard plantings, there are cool-climate whites that must not be missed.


Santa Barbara

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latitude (the 34th parallel). Ballard Canyon has a more north-south orientation compared to most Santa Barbara AVAs, with soils of sandy
clay/loam and limestone.


Paso Robles

Situated at an elevation of 1,600 feet, it is rooted in soils of sandy loam and falls within the Highlands District of the Paso Robles AVA.

New York

North Fork

Wine growers and producers on Long Island’s North Fork have traditionally compared their terroir to that of Bordeaux and have focused on French varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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