Region of the Year 2013

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Pinot Gris

Very pretty lessy/floral aromas greet the nose followed by jammy peach fruits and even a bit of red berry fruit with subtle hints of cream and licorice. rather medium full bodied and frankly rich in the mouth, this has terrific acidity supporting lush apple, peach and citrus flavors. The acidity lingers on the long, vivid finish which shows some lovely underlying mineral notes and wonderfully fresh stone fruit notes. This is big, fresh and juicy, it’s fruity without being a fruit bomb and shows enough detail and complexity to keep many palates interested, and then it explodes on the finish with remarkable intensity and zip. Great Pinot Gris. 93pts
Rather organic smelling on the nose with hints of old wood framing a core of spicy golden raspberry and something tropical and mango-like smeared over a sletty base note. Silken on entry, this show subtlety and a sophisticated textural polish that rounds off the edges without adding too much meat to cover the bones. Very much acid driven in the mouth, this is not really defined by a tartness though the bright flash of acidity is present on the palate and through the long, green apple and green apricot tinged finish. A very Burgundian P G if one might be allowed to say such a thing. 90pts
Rather fruity and deep on the nose with an underlay of earthy floral notes supporting crisp peach and pear fruits. In the mouth this is fairly nervous, moderately light in body and definitely more acid driven than one expects from Oregon. I love the dry snap of tension on the palate as the peach and pear fruit turns perfume and elegant in the mouth, gaining a bit of spice and the moderately long tart and mineral flecked finish. Very refreshing and invites you back for another sip. 90pts
Tight, focused and citrussy on the nose with fine aromas of white flowers, lime, lime leaf and talc. Almost a touch sweet on entry, this is clear, bright and focused in the mouth, very medium/light bodied with fine clarity on the palate delivering mineral based slightly creamy green apple and citrus based flavors. This is very easy to drink and endlessly refreshing with a long, bright, clear succulent finish. It;’s not the biggest or most complex Pinot out there but it is delicious. 88pts
A little funky on the nose with a nutty, earthy edge to the aromas of river stones, dried herb and dried apple cores. This is supple and a little creamy in the mouth but not too creamy to lose focus. It’s really got as wonderfully seductive texture and offers citrus and green apple flavors with hints of pineapple and passionfruit on the backend. The finish is really driven by the structure, all acid and minerality which will prove to be the divisive point to this wine but it is really wonderful fresh and bright on the palate. I could sip this or have it with with food. 88pts

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  • Snooth User: DUDELEE
    541137 21

    Perhaps you should look at Ontario wines for 2014. Its pinots and chards have been compared favourably with those of Burgundy, and its rieslings and cabs have been very well regarded. I won't go into icewines...

    Nov 06, 2013 at 2:08 PM

  • Snooth User: Zuiko
    Hand of Snooth
    540750 757

    Oregon is a good choice. I also like Arroyo Grande in California, partly because of Alban but also because of Talley and a few others.

    Nov 06, 2013 at 6:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Worldnav
    885287 13

    How about a return visit to California's Sierra Nevada foothills? Nestled between some charming gold rush towns, the wineries of Amador, El Dorado and Placer counties host some pretty spectacular zins and barberas.

    Nov 07, 2013 at 12:50 PM

  • Snooth User: jamesy
    362251 12

    Having just returned from Trento and Bolzano, I can attest to the great value in some of the local wines from Alto-Adige. Luscious fruity juice with a lot of character and without the overwhelming alcohol content that has become so popular in Ca. wines lately. My eyes were opened to a wonderfully friendly style of wine BUT, must I import them myself?

    Nov 08, 2013 at 4:21 PM

  • Snooth User: emmagramma
    422865 27

    Those of us that live in and love this wonderful piece of heaven thank you.

    Nov 08, 2013 at 4:53 PM

  • Thank you, Snooth, for the recognition! Oregon's wine industry thrives thanks to talented vintners and growers and ideal geography. But it is also successful because of the state's unique farmland protections and curbs on sprawl. Without the state's land use program, many of its prime wine-producing areas would have been lost to development before they were even discovered.

    Nov 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

  • as a long time (30 years) retailer and restaurateur based in the Pacific Northwest, we drink these wines on a daily basis and are in constant contact with wineries and growers. The comment of "2011 Arguably the greatest vintage in the Willamette Valley over the past two decades. Low yields and a long, dry growing season combined to produce rich, powerful and age worthy wines" has me baffled. One of the coldest and sunless growing seasons in memory with the only saving grace being a heat spike in fall do not make for a 'great vintage' in the eyes of any vintner I have met with, except those that make pink wine.

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    Nov 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

  • Snooth User: steve1818
    424585 1

    Thanks for putting a picture of DDO!

    Jan 05, 2014 at 9:35 AM

  • Europe would be proud of its little, distant relative. Additionally, great care is taken to to prepare varietals so well as to confuse experts as to their terroir--e.g., Malbec, Viognier, Tempranillo, as well as the Burgundian and Alsatian mainstays. Commitment to process and love for the land culminates with a wine that is both unique and worldly.

    Feb 09, 2014 at 3:59 AM

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