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 Blanc

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

  • 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 Noir

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

  • 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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  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2013

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    Delicate violet and ripe black cherry aromas are bold and fresh on the nose. This is focussed and tight in the mouth, with cherry notes that open up well providing nice acidity and precise balance from the structure here. A nice range of flavors here with cherry, cocoa and violet mingling with some licorice and vanilla on the finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • LuckyLucy, let me also welcome you to Snooth!  If you're looking for "black cherry, milk chocolate, earthy & even smoky notes that's not so tannic" I'd suggest an older southern Rhone. Many of the grenache, syrah, mourvedre blends have loads of dark cherry and earth, but may be a bit on the tannic side when young. Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a bit pric... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 2011

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    Excellent Willakenzie Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir. A bit herbaceous on the nose. The palate has a lot of ripe red and dark cherry with just a hint of lime. This has some really nice acidity balanced with the fruit, supple fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ghost Hill Cellars the Spirit of Pinot Noir Rosé Bayliss-Bower Vineyard 2014

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    This Rose' of Pinot Noir has been one of my favorites for some time. Completely dry and heavy on minerality. It can pair with a variety of meats, fowl and veg dishes. Read More

    Wine review by Carl Giavanti


  • If you've not been to these before (or even if you have), they'd make the top of my list (but not be its entirety):Shea Wine Cellar & Vineyard in Yamhill (a little more than 10 miles away)Soter Vineyards in Carlton (approx 12 miles away)Domaine Drouhin in Dayton (approx 8 miles away)Have been to all three, had very rewarding visits, and they all... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR


  • Fox, the Willamette vineyard/winery is Kramer, they're in Yamhill-Carlton. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Anne Amie Cuvee a Muller Thurgau 2013

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    Apricot jelly, peach gummy (overwhelming), slight spice, tangy, honeycomb and fruit leather and hints of soapiness. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Hamacher Pinot Noir Oregon 2010

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    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

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    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


  • 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...

    Comment by 743707Lonnie Geck 743707 Lonnie Geck


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