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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 Meunier

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

  • 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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  • It got better or worse depending on how you look at it. Fun time though. ... ... showing.'12 Thomas PN Dundee Hills - Pure dark red fruit but kind of one dimensional. May have needed more time.'11 Kutch PN McDougall Ranch - Best of the 4 PNs for me. Good balance between dark fruit, acid and tannin. Lovely aromatics.'83 Comte Armand Pommard 1er... Read More

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  • 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


  • Today I've done a 3.5 mile walk with my father-in-law (longer than usual ... Serene Chardonnay from the Dundee Hills region and a 2009 Navarro Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley.  Funny, I don't see the year on the Domain Serene bottle and it's already been picked up by the recycling truck.  Anyway, both wines were excellent and they were chosen ... Read More

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  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I ... I ... Pinot Noir from the Dundee Hills region of Oregon.  Here's a few pictures:&nbs Read More

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  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Stoller Vineyard 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • 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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