Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir – from the Wine Virgin

Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir was my favorite wine of the night. I mentioned that the Just Pinot Noir was my second favorite because it was smooth and flavorful. Raptor Ridge was almost identical, but more enhanced.

The smell was a lot more evident, having a dark blackberry smell with a hint of pepper. This was mimicked in the taste. As I tasted, the wine at first tasted very sweet (a little acidic), then a little peppery, and left a balance of sweet and sour in my mouth as the aftertaste. This shows how different parts of the tongue and different taste buds can respond in completely distinct ways. I felt like this wine was the most balanced of the evening without sacrificing a complex flavor. It wasn’t necessarily the smoothest wine, but it didn’t taste watered down like some of the smoother wines.

It was also interesting to learn about the location of this particular Pinot Noir. It is from Dundee, Oregon. Last friday’s event taught me that Oregon is very popular for expensive Pinot Noir wines. I was also surprised to learn that my favorite was the most expensive of the night (of course).


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