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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 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...

  • Pinot Meunier

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

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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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  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2014

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    Floral aromas are touched by orange blossom, peach nectar, honey and a light tropical note as well. Silky and smooth in the mouth, with an excellent approach of peach and ripe apple and a creamy note on the long finish that is just tart enough to contrast against the creaminess. Read More

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  • DM, we've been to a good number of wineries that last couple visits but mainly the bigger names and mostly in McMinnville and Dundee.There'll be six of us this time and probably two vehicles, so I am thinking of trying to minimize drive time. We're staying in Newberg this time, so I'm most interested in smaller wineries in close proximity.Claudi... Read More

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  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014

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    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. Read More

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  • Lefty, the CFO and I have always said that we aren't prejudiced, we like ... de Bourgogne (Muscadet) from Dundee Hills as well as several Cali unoaked chards. I'm always looking for something new and different, white, red or pink so please keep the community informed of any epiphanie Read More

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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

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  • I really like the Amity Winery PN.  For the money, it's spot on. To my ... the Willamette Valley than Dundee Hills or a lot of the other sub-apps.I'll start a thread about my day (Presidents' Day in Sonoma is a tradition here, for a hint), but putting the tastes behind me, for dinner I finished a 2011 Hendry Block 7 & 22 Zin.  I opened it last ... Read More

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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


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