Yamhill County Wine

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Yamhill County is situated in the topmost part of the Willamette Valley region in Oregon. Though there is a history of wine-making in the region dating back to the 1850s with the first immigrant settlers, it wasn’t until long after the Repeal of the Prohibition that things began to take shape wine-wise. 
In the 1960s, oenologists from UC Davis saw the potential for wine production in the area, even though from a temperature perspective, the region’s climate was deemed to cool for quality production. Still, David Lett, Dick Erath and Charles Coury insisted on following up on their independent research and established their own vineyards within Yamhill County (Eyrie Vineyards, Erath Winery and David Hill Vineyard respectively). The varietals they chose to grow, Pinot Noir among them, were carefully selected according to what their research found suited to the terroir and climate. At Eyrie Vineyards in the Dundee Hills, David Lett is credited with planting the first Read more »

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  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • 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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  • de Ponte Cellars

    De Ponte Cellars is the site of one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This sceni...

  • Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery

    As the sun stirs awake behind a snow-capped Mt. Hood, John and Nancy McClintock stare at their fo...

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  • Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015


    Tart sour cherry and floral wildberry aromas with hints of dusky cranberry and fresh spice. The palate is a full bowl of cherries, round and generous with sweet spice and creamy vanilla notes through the mid palate, finishing with a clean light red currant and cranberry note and gentle tannins, zesty spice and a touch of candied herb. Very pleas... Read More

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  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015


    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • King Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir Mcminnville 2014


    Strawberry and cherry, heavy and aromatic on the nose with potpourri, lively wild berry notes and a hint of licorice. On the palate this is tart and crisp with bold acidity and earthen fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, a bit of warmth coming in on the mid palate with some spice and notes of leather, clay and smoke, wrapped in more red fruit. ... Read More

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  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2016


    Raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas are open and expressive here with notes of spice adding to the nose. Generous, juicy and refreshing on the palate with notes of cherry, spiced cola and mixed wild berry jam, medium plus acidity and hints of cocoa and a pleasant zestiness towards the finish - turning a touch cool and herbal right at the fini... Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015


    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 2015


    Light green apple and lemon aromas, notes of white blossom and even a bit of tangerine. In the mouth, this is cool and crisp on entry, with green apple and young pear notes and a zesty acidity adding a bit of bite to the mid palate where a creamy, green, golden berry note emerges and glides through to the finish. Read More

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  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015


    Red fruited that edges into a dark cherry mid palate. Plenty of acididty to balance with a touch of oak to pretty it up. Really nice food wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008


    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook

  • Patricia Green Cellars Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2014


    Light on the nose and medium light weight. Sour cherries and light tannin with an extended finish. Very easy to drink and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Dancin Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Ballerina' 2014


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

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