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The Applegate Valley is one of Oregon’s newest appellations and represents another step forward for a wine industry running at full speed. The valley runs for 50 miles, from the California border to the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Created on petition from winery owner Barnard E. Smith, the AVA is an alternative to Oregon’s cool-climate viticulture. The region is largely protected from coastal influences, and thus experiences warmer and drier growing seasons than most of the state. Less than ten wineries operate here and the area’s vineyards are located mainly on stream terraces, with granite soils which provide excellent drainage. Combined with its higher natural elevations, the valley offers the perfect climate for Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux red varietals. Applegate proves Oregon isn’t just about Pinot Noir. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Slagle Creek Vineyards

    A small family owned winery located at 1800 feet overlooking the west end of the beautiful Appleg...

  • Fiasco Brothers

    Josh and Ryan started with wine making kits in early 2001 in an attempt to produce “drinkable” wi...

  • John Michael Champagne Cellars

    Located in the Applegate Valley wine country. A boutique winery producing limited, award winning,...

  • Applegate Red Winery

    I only make Red Wines. My approach as a wine grower is to keep it simple. It’s not the old world...

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  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian ... in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley where 250 million years of geologic events has produced a soil composition of marine deposits that predate the Loire Valley’s marine deposits by 190 million years! The Gamay Noir is sourced from Havlin Vineyard in Willamette... Read More

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  • Troon Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

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    Pretty and perfumed with floral and herbal top notes over a core of wood spiced quince and apple fruit. Rather light and transparent on entry, this is rather subtle in the mouth but at the same time it's also quite aromatic on the palate. There are gentle hints of bay leaf and vanilla over the core of mineral flecked apple fruit. There's a fain... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Troon Vineyard Vermentino Foundation Applegate Valley Or 1972

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    Apple blossoms, pressed flowers and a touch of quince greet the nose. Bright yet well-rounded with polished edges in the mouth, this shows off the quince of the nose layered upon apple and vaguely herbal flavors on the palate. There's nice focus and a mineral snap to this on the back end, which leads to a juicy fig-tinged citrusy finish that end... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden Syrah 2008

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    Earthy and chewy, this bio-dynamically made Syrah had tones of blueberry and concord grape. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau


  • Troon Vineyard Riesling Applegate Valley Dry 2011

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    Oily nose with tangerine, red pepper, and melon. I'm tempted to call it "Troon-Tang," but I won't. The body has sparkling bright acidity and fills out the palate well over the length, which is fairly good. Easy to drink with nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Valley View Chardonnay Anna Maria 2008

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    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Valley View Vineyard Anna Maria Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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  • Valley View Pioneer Label Merlot 2006

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    Fantastic, Pomerol quality, Merlot from an up and coming region that offers a great value! Bigger wine than most Cali merlots, similar to Washington Merlots. Read More

    Wine review by smithdaj54


  • Troon Vineyard Riesling Applegate Valley Dry 2010

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    Funky on the nose with all sorts of weird aromas that range from dried flowers to licorice. Chewing tobacco, dried blood orange and apple butter with a little old wool blanket thrown in for good measure. Light and bright on entry with a lovely rhubarb note early on that leads to a mid-palate full of subtle and elegant orchard fruit flavors. This... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Troon Vineyard Merlot Applegate Valley Vineyard Select Elaine's Vineyard 2007

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    This is intense and bright with lots of fine green herb notes, tarragon, and fennel seed all wrapped around orange washed red fruits all sitting on a freshly chopped pine tree stump in the rain. Rich and bright, this is youthfully vibrant with a lovely base of tannins and fine acidity lending the wine a firm yet fresh feel. The fruit is a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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