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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  • Muscat

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Willamette Valley AVA on Snooth

  • Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Grown 2008

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    Very floral on the nose with a mineral/underbrush treebark element that lends a lightly wild tone to the light red fruit aromas. Very supple in the mouth with wonderful balance and integration. The fruit starts off with some energy but then gets a little compact on the mid-palate. Air helps but this probably needs some time to really unwind. The... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Louise 2006

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    This beautifully structured New World Pinot Noir with obvious French panache looks all Cotes de Nuits in the glass; then comes the strawberry-biscuit on the nose. The entry brings more strawberry and cherry preserve with silky tannins that suggest up to 4 more years of possible bottle aging - though the wine is wonderful to the tongue now. Onl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoller Pinot Noir Jv Dundee Hills 2008

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    Open this bottle during a recent virtual tasting here on Snooth. Quite a different experience enjoying a wine and being able to talk to the head wine maker about the vintage and the climate and their thought process. Very informative and enjoyable. Slight signs of effervescence when unscrewing the screw cap. I saw visible CO2. On first pass the ... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Ransom Cellars Cuvee Reunion 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Côte Sud Vineyard 2008

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    This is the very best we've tasted. Read More

    Wine review by cbruzzo


  • Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Abbott Claim Vineyard 2008

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    This is a top shelf pinot in our recent tasting. Right up there with Domaine Serene. Read More

    Wine review by cbruzzo


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir 2007

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    The nose of the Stoller SV pulled you in as the fruit turned darker shades of red, with ripe bursting strawberry and crushed raspberry, candle wax, earthy minerals and wisps of citrus. It was like velvet on the palate and balanced to the last moment. Flavors of ripe berries, earth and hints of wood washed across the tongue, yet made their presen... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Stoller Pinot Noir Jv Dundee Hills 2008

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    This wine changed quite a bit over the two hours it was open. At first the nose showed a mix of ripe red fruits and pungent floral scents, but as it opened, the hard curves melted away and aromas cherry, cinnamon spice and undergrowth prevailed. On the palate, it was silky smooth with focused ripe strawberry fruit and a slight savory note. The a... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir 2007

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    Wow! I loved this Pinot Noir! The funny thing is I was not a fan of Pinot until I tried this one. It has a very pleasant nose,not powerful but a pleasant nose.It wasn't very dark in color as of course we know is normal for Pinot Noir. Light bodied and awesome! I had some on it's own and it was awesome! I had some with Duck & Goose liver Mousse ... Read More

    Wine review by rolifingers


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir 2007

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    I opened this the night before the tasting and so glad I introduced some air to it. Up front, it wasn't stellar. Given about 24 hours after opening and the vacuuming most of the air out, gave it just a kiss of air. This opened it up. The nose is now filled with bright red berry fruit. Some minerality and hints of spice. Not super fragrant,... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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