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May
22

Cameron Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir 2006

Oregon Pinot presents me with challenges. While the structural qualities of these wines pleases and bodes well for future development, the often sappy fruit turns me off. The wines do

soter

Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Mar
19

Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2011

The 2011 Aurata is the last vintage before Maggie Harrison changed the source of fruit for this wine to the Shea Vineyard, which she felt provided fruit closer to her

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Oct
31

Bergstrom Sigrid Chardonnay 2012

Oregon Chardonnay has truly started to come into its own. In some cases, the best examples of Chardonnay are even more exciting than many of the Pinot Noirs coming out

Rahn

Jul
8

James Rahn Havlin Vineyard Willamette Valley Gamay 2014

Oregon is one of the few new world regions where focus on a single variety makes oenological and viticultural sense. Oregon Pinot Noir, unlike New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Shiraz,

Feb
1

Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir 2012

The bedrock and boulders of Antica Terra are as odd as the vines, which unlike most old-vines are skinny and fragile, and the seedless berries they birth. The beautiful hand-drawn

Apr
26

Bow & Arrow Medici Vineyard East Block Pinot Noir 2012

Though some major companies are now invested in Oregon, it contrasts to both California and Washington in that the wine scene is predominantly filled with small growers. Stylistically, Oregon has

Oct
4

Teutonic Wine Company November Harvest Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris 2011

Let’s talk Oregon, Portland style. You know, weird. But also wonderful. Teutonic Wine Company is doing wonderful things with the forgotten high elevation cool climate sites in Oregon. They are

Sep
24

Cameron Giuliano 2011

Oregon is not associated with white wine. There is an occasional Chard that garners praise, but for the most part its Pinots overshadow everything else. Most of the time this

Sep
23

Soter Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir 2010

Tony Soter is one of my favourite winemakers in Oregon right now. His wines have pristine fruit, elegance and clearly exhibit the touch of a master. The 2010 vintage in