Willamette Valley AVA Wine

 

The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to the 1850s. Early immigrant settlers began dabbling in wine-making, and their enterprises eventually won some local acclaim and attracted other vintners to follow suit, with a fair amount of success into the 20th century.
 
However, the Prohibition forced most wineries to shut down and pursue other business. In the era following Repeal, wine production was mostly from “Farmer’s Wineries,” who were government-licensed to produce fruit-based (berries, Concord grapes, etc.) wines. Though others attempted wines from Vitis vinifera grapes, they did so with little success.
 
But in the 1960s, a group of California oenologists from University of California at Davis became interested in Oregon as a potential up and coming region. They were particularly intrigued by the Willamette Valley for its climate and terroir, even though temperature studies at UC Davis found the region too cool Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • 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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Willamette Valley AVA on Snooth

  • Bachelder Oregon Pinot Noir 2013

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    This wine of Thomas Bachelder (a native of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada) is from his Oregon mood (he makes wine in Ontario, Canada and Burgundy, France as well). This 2013 from the Willamette Valley is bricking nicely with a nose of strawberry, field mushroom and freshly fallen snow. Entry is rather plummy with only a hint of van... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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


  • 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


  • Argyle Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley 2015

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    Just tried the 2015 Argyle Reserve PN, and for lovers of Nuits-Saint-Georges, this is the wine for you... at 1/3 the price. A beautiful, nuanced vanilla-strawberry nose invites you to raise your glass, and of course you do: a soft, silky, slightly bracing entry with fresh, cultivated strawberry caresses the palate. The finesse is quite extraordi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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


  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015

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    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Gris Estate 2015

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    Double Gold Winner, Cannon Beach, March 2017 Read More

    Wine review by trudykramerwine


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