Willamette Valley AVA Wine

 

The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to the 1850s. Early immigrant settlers began dabbling in wine-making, and their enterprises eventually won some local acclaim and attracted other vintners to follow suit, with a fair amount of success into the 20th century.
 
However, the Prohibition forced most wineries to shut down and pursue other business. In the era following Repeal, wine production was mostly from “Farmer’s Wineries,” who were government-licensed to produce fruit-based (berries, Concord grapes, etc.) wines. Though others attempted wines from Vitis vinifera grapes, they did so with little success.
 
But in the 1960s, a group of California oenologists from University of California at Davis became interested in Oregon as a potential up and coming region. They were particularly intrigued by the Willamette Valley for its climate and terroir, even though temperature studies at UC Davis found the region too cool Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

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  • Pinot Noir 2006

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    This so much readier than the 2007. Burst with with deep Dr. Brown's Black Cherry soda. Lush and full. This is a thick sweet Pinot. Exactly how I like it. Lots of body. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Z'Ivo Pinot Noir 2007

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    Tightly wound. Not ready for consumption. It smelled absolutely amazing when I opened the bottle. Decanted it for an hour and additionally over the course of a long evening, nothing changed. You can tell that this will be great with the underlying flavors, but it is simply not ready yet. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Scott Paul Cellars Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Audrey 2008

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    Earthy with incipient notes of forest floor, lightly spiced red berries, lingonberry jam, and womens perfumes with hints of vetiver and licorice. Round on entry with rich, ripe fruit flavors presented on a silky frame. The mid-palate shows excellent detail to the transparent red fruits with a lightly earthy edge to rhubarb tones on the backend. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lange Estate Winery Pinot Noir "Yamhill Vineyards" 2008

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    A touch toasty on the nose with wood spice and blackberry fruit coming together over a lightly mineral, rusty base. This takes on a sweet, spiced pie-filling tone with air, full of warm blueberries and cherries. Soft and broad on entry, a touch of astringent tannins up front supporting rich mixed berry fruit on the mid-palate, with a balsam top ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lange Estate Winery Pinot Noir "Yamhill Vineyards" 2008

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    Wow, this is aromatically intense and complex with huge spice notes joined by briary pipe notes, deep floral sweetness, blueberry tobacco leaf, black tea, earth and spice -- it just keeps growing in the glass. Big on entry with huge fruit, but still remaining very fresh with lots of soft tannins contributing some weight yet this remains crisp an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Laurène 2007

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    Slightly nutty on the nose with a hint of roasted herbs, sweet thyme, lavender, dirt and even a seductively soft insinuation of cinnamon all embedded in crushed red fruits. On entry this is light and notably dry, yet the immediate aromatic intensity in the mouth is just the first hint of the fine richness of flavor exhibited on the mid-palate. A... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Yamhill County Olson Estate Vineyard 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by basilwino


  • Whistling Dog Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Nsv 2007

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    This wine had light floral aromas and hints of red fruit, but the aroma was not the strong point. Smooth and balanced mouth-feel, with a light but not absent tannin structure. Easy to drink without food. To be fair, my taste in red wine runs towards low alc. and high acid compared to most CA wines, so this was just fine for me. I had just re... Read More

    Wine review by Andrew46


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Heritage 2006

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    Sweet strawberry nose, delicate raspberry and cedar notes. Spice on the finish. Poppy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Mcminnville Stony Mountain 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by granolagirlfaith


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