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

Feb
19

Teutonic Wine Company “Laurel Vineyard” Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2010

I’m always on the lookout for wines that challenge preconceptions and the status quo. In fact, this has been a trend with everything in my life, whether it was the

Apr
26

A Day in Oregon: Tasting the Dundee Hills

I suitably headed off to Portland a week after tasting through a wide range of premier and grand cru Burgundies and spent a day in the Dundee Hills AVA, arguably

Jun
27

Winery Profile: Brick House

Oregon’s wine country can sometimes seem to fit into a very restricted mold. The sense of repetition derives not just from the fact everyone is making Pinot Noir (that happens

Jan
14

Spotlight On New World Pinot Noir: Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2007

Oregon – the problem child, the upstart. Anything but California. Oregon is perhaps the New World’s most controversial, exciting, and downright out there Pinot Noir producing region. In fact, Oregon

Nov
3

Cameron Pinot Bianco 2008

Another entry from the Oregonian cult producer Cameron – this time a much more affordable and good value wine. While this isn’t a wine for the cellar or something that

Oct
27

Cameron ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir 2006

Cameron is a highly sought after producer from Oregon who is primarily allocated. Luckily, in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint, Cameron decided to nix their east coast shipments

Jul
17

Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir 2004

The famed Domaine Drouhin of Burgundy also has a now well-known project in Oregon doing up some fine Pinot Noir. The Laurene Pinot is the premier bottling and I picked

Jul
2

Sinnean Old Vine Zinfandel 2006

I doubt anyone associates Oregon state with the renowned all-American California variety zinfandel, but here we have one of Oregon’s most noteworthy producers making one as their “flagship wine”. As

Sep
24

McKinlay Pinot Noir 2002 Willamette Valley Estate

This came as a somewhat aged pinot noir and recommended as peaking well right now. The nose was very bright, with classic strawberry and rhubarb components. At 13% abv I