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Defined by distinct geographical boundaries and a unique climate, Chehalem Mountains are Oregon’s 15th American Viticultural Area and the 6th subappellation of the Willamette Valley. Located in the northern part of the valley, approximately 19 miles southwest of Portland, the AVA spans portions of Clackamas, Yamhill and Washington counties. The Chehalem Mountains are distinguished by a single uplifted landmass with spurs, mountains and ridges such as Ribbon Ridge, Parrett Mountain and Bald Peak, which has a great effect on weather conditions in this growing region. The AVA spans 68,265 acres and includes more than 1,800 planted acres and 50 wineries. The AVA encompasses the Chehalem Mountains, which tower over the surrounding Willamette Valley and measure more than 20 miles in length and five miles in width. A diversity of soils is present, from the sedimentary soils near the southwest boundary to basaltic soils in the central and southern regions and ocean sedimentary (or loess) soils on the northern Read more »

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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Rose Chehalem Mountains 2016

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    Pleasant strawberry and rose petal aromas with creamy mixed berry. More red fruit in the mouth, cranberry, cherry and strawberry with tart spice, a bit of herb coming through towards the finish and some wooded, almost green smokiness to cap it off. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Riesling Chehalem Mountains 2016

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    Creamy, lightly herbed and buttery notes of fresh apple, pear and light peach. Brightly acidic on the palate with puckering lemon zest and a sweet spice mid palate of floral honey, apple and white grape. Finishes with a kiss of oak. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Richly concentrated dark berry aromas with subtle fresh herb and brooding spice on the nose. Bright red cherry and red currant palate of tart fruit and pleasant baking spice, on the mid palate there's a cooked red fruit pie filling character and a bit of medicine on the finish. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2016

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    Green apple aromas with notes of white blossom and green melon. Round, a bit tart yet crisp on the palate with notes of green apple and peach and a green note showing on the mid palate, green melon rind and a finish of warm spice. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2016

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    Green apple aromas with notes of white blossom and green melon. Round, a bit tart yet crisp on the palate with notes of green apple and peach and a green note showing on the mid palate, green melon rind and a finish of warm spice. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Buttery aromas of vanilla, soft apple and white peach with a hint of white pepper. Clean, medium bodied yet full flavored with loads of almond, apple, and peach notes, the cream and butter flavor continues through to the palate where it's met by rich oak notes and a finish of eternal length. Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Surprisingly dark and rich notes of savory earth, black cherry and oak. On the palate this is powerful and bold with black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated and thick with licorice and a touch of herb, chewy tannins and a bold and oak spiced finish. Decidedly rich and decadent with good depth and heft. A winter red wine drinkers Pinot. Read More

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  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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    A strawberry, raspberry red in the glass. Plenty of red berry fruits on the nose with vanilla and loads of spice. The acidity is in charge here. A little to much to be honest. Had it been more in balance this could have easily been an 88 pt wine. The fruit comes through with the spice and vanilla layered in, maybe the last bottle will have to si... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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  • Alloro Vineyard Riservata Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Oregon 2014

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