Yamhill-carlton Wine

The Yamhill Carlton District AVA, located in the northern Willamette Valley was described by Ken Wright in his original petition to the then BATF (now known as TTB) as a “south-facing bowl containing a series of horseshoe-shaped eroded hills”. This area surrounds the cities of Yamhill and Carlton and also straddles the Yamhill and Washington County border.

Like the Dundee Hills, soil is a crucial factor to the style of wines made in the region. The AVA’s ancient sedimentary rock imparts aromas and flavors such as coffee, cocoa, anise, cedar and tobacco into wines made from grapes grown in the region.

Like other Willamette Valley AVAs, only those vineyards falling within defined elevations (in this case between 200 and 1,000 feet) are permitted to use the AVA designation. This trend amongst the new Willamette Valley sub-appellations, such as the Yamhill Carlton District, only reaffirms Oregon as the leader of ‘terroir’ and quality consciousness in North America.

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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...

  • Müller-Thurgau

    This variety was developed by Dr. Hermann Muller in 1882. When naming the new grape, he added the name of the Swiss c...

  • 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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  • Hamacher Pinot Noir Oregon 2010


    Pretty good Willamette pinot. Bright red and crushed black cherry, nice acidity, a touch of smoke and a decent finish. The finish is of medium length and the tannins are a bit grainy for pinot. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Kudos Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley 2012


    Nice, light to medium bodied Oregon pinot noir. Decent acidity, good black cherry, rhubarb, dark plum and dried prune overtones with a fairly long finish. Good but not great in that there aren't a lot of layers, just a straight forward dark fruit front end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013


    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Carlton Cellars Pinot Noir Roads End 2010


    This fantastic Pinot Noir is created using twelve, premium French oak barrels. With estate fruit from the Russell-Grooters Vineyard atop Savannah Ridge in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, terroir, grape & oak tannins blend smoothly in this lush red wine. Read More

    Wine review by CarltonCellars

  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012


    Really nice Willamette Pinot Blanc. Tart lemon chiffon with a touch of creaminess, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012


    Certified Sustainable Lightly aromatic with hints of apple cores and lime zest on the nose along with some note of talc. Light, elegant and fresh in the mouth. This is a rather delicate wine that glides across the palate with subtle melon, tangerine and almond flavors culminating in a big, bold finish that shows some heat along with intense peac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • KBoss, here's a link to a snooth post I did a year ago after our last trip to Willamette/Eugene:www.snooth.com/talk/topic/recent-trip-to-eugene-or-and-side-trips-to-salem/We'll be out there again over the 4th visiting our son in Portland and have rented a VRBO in McMinville for a few days. Here are some additional wineries on my list to eventual... Read More

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  • Lenne Estate Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton Estate 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by anchca

  • Kudos Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley 2012


    Just not much going on here. Much less body than I had hoped for. Touches of smoke and ripe cherries on the nose with cherries and caramel on the palate. Unremarkable finish. I had higher expectations. Read More

    Wine review by pboss

  • Kudos Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Oregon Willamette Valley 2011


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    Wine review by jacquesmom

  • Having lived in Carlton,OR. for over 15 years,I think that many wineries in this region are over looked in your selection.Byron Dooley owner of seven of Hearts and Luminous Hills,has a large selection of reds and whites that are very drinkable now and aging very well. Try the Luminous Hills Lux Pinot Noir from 2008 or 2009 as well as the award w...

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