To celebrate Oregon Wine Month, we are sharing our kitchen with Raptor Ridge Winery‘s Shannon Gustafson and Wallace McKeel.
Raptor Ridge Estate’s Tuscowallame Vineyard is located in Oregon’s beautiful Chehalem Mountains about 25 miles southwest of Portland. The vineyard site slopes east-southeast with sweeping views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams—and on a very clear day, even Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. At about 500 feet in elevation, this gently sloping land is frequently visited by red-tailed hawks, Peregrine falcons, barn owls, and great horned owls. Tuscowallame is an indigenous word meaning “place where the owls dwell.”
Raptor Ridge’s estate Pinot noir is noted for its silky texture, fine-grained tannins, Italian plum, cherry, black pepper and mineral notes. Tuscowallame Pinot noir may be found in many of their cuvees, such as Trig, Flight Club Select, Reserve, and Willamette Valley. Their first vintages from the estate were released as Adolfo’s Block 2006-2010. Since 2011, they have blended the now-mature Macario and Dustin blocks with Adolfo’s to achieve a 500+ case Estate bottling.