When I tasted a line-up of Pinot Noir last year that contained only one from Oregon (the winner of the tasting, by the way), I received quite the shellacking from lovers of Pac West Pinots. You can see what I’m talking about here. I love getting this kind of feedback, and love responding to it even more. I knew I had to start focusing my attention a bit more on the great wines of Oregon (and Washington, too). Fortunately, there were quite a few producers more than happy to submit samples, and taking a look at a specific region, say the Willamette Valley, seemed as though it might prove to be fruitful.

In an effort to start setting things right, I present to you eight Oregon Pinots, full of the bright fruit and earthy nuances that set this region's wines apart from their southern siblings. These wines really do have a fiercely loyal following of fans who are quick to extol their virtues. Well, we put them to the test and found ...

Gregory Dal Piaz is a proponent and admirer of a broad range of wines and styles. During his decades of collecting and tasting he has discovered that a wine need not cost a fortune to drink well. Feel free to ask him questions at the Snooth Forums where he regularly engages with beginners and experts alike.