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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...

  • Tempranillo

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

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  • Owen Roe Kilmore Pinot Noir Owen Roe Winery Bottle Size 18 In Stock 2008


    ripe plum and sour cherry. very smooth with a tad of alcohol heat. Great pairing for pork roast from Hormel. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Wine By Joe Pinot Noir Oregon 2007


    This is a solid, smooth, earthy pinot and it has the complexity that I feel is lacking in some of the other Pinot you'll see next to it on the shelf. It's not too expensive for a pinot either. Look for it on sale for about $15, I think it's a good bottle for that price... great with a light, casual dinner. Read More

    Wine review by pb271579

  • Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Yamhill County Cuvèe 2007


    Spicy nose of blackberries. Sweet blackberry and raspberry notes with deep cinammon spice and a nice berry pip flavor on the finish with chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Holloran Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Stafford Hill 2007


    A good go-to Pinot. Still young. Jammy with hints of smoke and earth. Clear structure, not flabby. Label on mine - Willamette 2007. Not sure if the same as listed above, but price point was similar. Read More

    Wine review by ruymann

  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Dundee Hills la Colina 2008


    Slightly candied on the nose with nice blackberry fruit accented by violette pastille, charred wood tones, and freshly turned soil notes. Silky and soft in the mouth with nice balanced structural elements concealed by ripe red fruits that have a slight coulis quality to them. the mid-palate is nicely layered with notes of woodspice, mocha and nu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Dundee Hills Select 2009


    Slightly smoky on the nose with notes of campfire, wood spice, and vanillin drifting over dried cherry fruit. This has a distinctly toasty quality to the nose. On the palate all of that is subsumed by rich fruit, raspberries and more savory berry tones. this is nicely open and expressive with the mid-palate well supported by soft, integrated tan... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Yamhill County Olson Estate Vineyard 2008


    Tight on the nose with a slightly medicinal, chinato edge which is accented by notes of dried flowers, sweet herbs, and a touch of tomato based bbq sauce. Lean and focused on entry with slightly dusty if nicely ripe tannins highlighting the flavors of slightly astringent red fruit. This comes off as a bit simple at the moment, tight and clenched... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Stoller Vineyard 2001


    A bit autumnal on the nose with faded fruit and vanilla tones backed with leafy, loamy soil notes and hints of sweet meat and rootbeer candy. On the palate this offers up rich, almost jammy black raspberry fruit with a touch of almost peppery spice that follows through on the moderately long finish. The tannins are a touch astringent and pop a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Member's Reserve la Colina 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Vino Hokie

  • Ken Wright Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills Carter Vineyard 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by elvin919

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