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...

  • 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...

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  • Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Estate Etzel Block Vy 2008


    Just had this wine with scallops, brown rice and lentils. The wine is medium bodied, brimming with fruit, especially cherry and other dark berries. The tannins are perfect, holding it all together, the sweetness of the fruit, balanced by the acidity into a complete package. I have no doubt this wine will get even better with age, which is why... Read More

    Wine review by GeorgeSantiago

  • Alexana Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Revana Vineyard 2006


    Rich, supple and graceful with captivating aromas of blackberry and bright cherry, perfumed with typical Oregon minerality, cinnamon and lavender oil with distinctly robust California style fruit flavors (after decanting one hour). An expressive, open textured palate is layered with succulent sweet red fruit with hints of peppercorn and spice. T... Read More

    Wine review by hankh3

  • Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Meredith Mitchell Vineyard 2009


    We found it to be very elegant without much tannins. As it opened up it seemed to get a bit more complex. We paired it with a panko crusted flounder and some salmon sashimi - it was very food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by sophiehudson

  • Chainsaw Pinot Noir 2009


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    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Brittan Vineyards Pinot Noir Gestalt Blk 2007


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    Wine review by elizabethbee

  • Chehalem "Pinot Noir Ridgecrest" Willamette Valley 2007


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    Wine review by erinspritzer

  • Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Grown 2008


    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


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

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