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The Dundee Hills is a north-south oriented ridge of hills located 28 miles southwest of Portland and 40 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. A number of unique climatic and topographical features distinguish the Dundee Hills from its neighboring regions. The most obvious is the distinct red soil which has made this portion of Oregon’s Willamette Valley justly famous. The Dundee Hills, particularly on the eastern side, are dominated by the Jory Soil series, which is rich in iron, well drained and only moderately fertile. These are all important factors for concentration of flavor and complexity within the developing grape. And the grape in these parts is Pinot Noir.

Another important factor affecting the climate of the Dundee Hills is the region's inland position within the Willamette Valley. As wet coastal weather patterns move across Oregon from the Pacific Ocean, rain falls heavily on the Coast Range (as much as 135 inches per annum). As you move further inland, rainfall progressively lessens. In the Read more »

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  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

  • 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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  • Vista Hills Vineyard & Winery

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

  • de Ponte Cellars

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

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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur 2015

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    Somewhat more spring water on the palate, with cake spice and vanilla - with a bit thinner backbone than the 2016 at this point (April 2019), but alive; with a sweet sugary vanilla nose, and spiritus flavour dominating entry. A fine wine - if you want spice, spring water purity. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Zuf I quote” Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, this wine has an excellent nose, there are aromatics of Creamsicle” being a fan of Drouhin and Havel several bottles of this wine I have never tasted Creamsicle “ now where did you get this? Please refer to your to your above statement “ I am an impiricist at best and rationalist ay worst. I ... Read More

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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay Dundee Hills 2016

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    . Light golden colour. Nose of spiced apple and pear. Fresh snow and vanilla extract. Entry is smooth, and very Beaune (certainly Bourgogne) in character with a hint of almond bitterness atop a rather neutral apple. Very pure. Finish is a good solid medium - commendable for a Chardonnay. 91-92 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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    This wine has an excellent nose; there are aromatics of Creamsicle (yes, I am serious) , earth and strawberry confit. Colour is quite deep; the core is quite deep cherry red indicative of good extraction; the rim is only showing pink at this early stage. Entry is quite round and full, with a hint of tannin on the finish, which is medium to long ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sounds delicious, EMark.  I just opened a Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2015... delicious, and as usual, decent Price to Quality ratio given the cost of comparable Burgundy (Nuits, Beaune - not Cote Chalonnaise).  I have posted a review so shall not report much more other than to say that this wine - at about 38 US is far superior... Read More

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  • Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2015

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    The 2015 Sokol Blosser is its usual reliable self; namely, a wine with deep cherry-red translucence, an inviting nose of strawberry, vanilla and wet earth, with an entry of rich, sweet, luscious strawberry and a hint of leather. Smooth, harmonious and deep, this wine finishes long and warm. Superior to most any French Burgundy at this price p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoller Vineyards Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2016

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    Translucent Garnet in color with touch of blue around the rim.Ripe cherries on the nose. Sour cherries upon entry that become more raspberry mid palate that streches to the lightly drying finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Thanks - I'll do that.  Good insight on the winemaker also.While ... ... ... 2016's - the Stoller Dundee Hills + the Cloudline Willamette Valley, which surprised me when I looked it up later (Dumb luck Read More

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  • Dundee Hills... can't beat that for the price. Read More

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  • Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    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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