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 Noir

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

  • 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...

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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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  • Domaine Drouhin Edition Rose of Pinot Noir 2013

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    Really nice Rose of Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin. Crisp bright red cherry, a touch of melon, some not too ripe strawberry, a good hit of acidity and a medium finish. Last of all of our 2013 rose, good way to end the vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge Oregon Gruner Veltliner 2014

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    Cream Soda, peach, bright acid, fresh cut grass, citrus, hints of lemon grass and sage. Really well balanced. Favorite vintage yet Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Eyrie Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Gris 2012

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    Just a fantastic Willamette pinot gris! First hint is of apricot which is quickly followed by not so ripe peach. Nice acidity carries some lemon lime to the mid and back of the tongue. Fairly complex for a pinot gris, one of the all time QPR leaders. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir Stoller Family Estate 2009

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    A terrific Pinot Noir. A bit more body (a plus!) than most. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2012

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    One of the best chardonnay's in the mid $30 ($35 at the winery) range we've had. Creamy lemon pith, a slight touch of oak, a bit of minerality, wonderful smooth tongue coating mouthfeel, decent amount of acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Stoller Vineyard 2008

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Remy Wines Three Wives Remy's Red Or/Wa 2011

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    Mighty fine red Italian blend from Remy Wines. This is a mix of Sangiovese, Barbera and Dolcetto. A very expressive nose of stewed plums and blackberries. The layers of black and blue fruits are very well balanced against fine grained tannins, a bit of pepper and some mouth watering acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Sémillon Sydney Klipsun Vineyard 2011

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    Very tasty dessert wine made from Semillon. Apricot, honeysuckle, a bit of dried fig and dried pineapple. Nice, viscous mouthfeel but not overly sweet on the palate with a touch of acidity and a decent length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Arborbrook Vineyards Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Gris 2012

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    Outstanding Dundee Hills Pinot Gris. Lemon pith, lemon/lime cream, some tartness along with some smooth edges, nice acidity and a medium finish. Somewhat complex for a pinot gris with layers of citrus, rounded out by the barrel fermentation. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Vista Hills Pinot Gris Treehouse 2012

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    Sweet, nutty and candied on the nose witha fascnatinglycomplex array of fruit, berry, apple, lime, floral, savory/spicy and candied aromas. Sweet on entry and obviously so but in the mouth the acids here do a fine job of balancing the sweetness and while the explosion of aromas on the nose doesn't quite come across on the palate this does offer ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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