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Raptor Ridge Winery 2021 Pinot Gris

Paying it forward

After a decade of making wine in the garage, Scott and Annie Shull started Raptor Ridge back in 1995. They make great wine, but their influence extends far beyond the bottle.

One of my favorite things about the Oregon wine community is the collaboration. Winemakers here feel very little sense of competition with each other – they believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. (Or maybe it’s just a mutual disdain for our neighbor to the south.)

Whether it’s sharing a piece of equipment when one breaks down, sharing glass with a neighbor when they’ve run out right in the middle of bottling, or mentoring young winemakers, the Oregon wine community is unique in its collaborative attitude.

During my travels in the Willamette Valley, I’ve heard Scott’s name mentioned again and again as a friend, a mentor, and the guiding presence behind dozens of winemakers. Two Cellar 503 partners, Leah Jørgensen Cellars and Atticus Wines, credit Scott’s guiding influence in their career to their growing popularity and still produce their wine at Raptor Ridge under Scott’s watchful eye.

Raptor Ridge Winery

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Raptor Ridge Winery, Newberg, Oregon
2021 Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is the preeminent white wine grape in Oregon, second in production only to Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris really likes it here in Oregon — long, temperate summer days and the gently cooling autumn remind it of its home in Burgundy or Alsace. The famed New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov says “Oregon Pinot Gris is one of the least-talked-about, best-value wines on the market today.”

This edition from Raptor Ridge is a textbook example of why Pinot Gris has become a staple, a classic in the Willamette Valley. This Alsatian-style wine exhibits a fuller body and balanced minerality due to extended lees contact.

You’ll find strong citrus aromas and flavors of crisp green apple and pear alongside a surprising hint of yeastiness, this lovely wine will be wonderful with Dungeness crab – which comes into season in January.

As with all our featured winery partners this month, the Raptor Ridge estate vineyard is located in the heart of the new Laurelwood District AVA.

A Cellar 503 selection in October 2022, Laurelwood AVA Laurelwood District | Pinot Gris