Oregon Pinot

Antica Terra

Ceras Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013

It’s usually a good sign when the winemaker can articulate what the wine is about like this: “Ceras is Botanica’s counterpoint. Its color is more purple than red. It is more about minerals and herbs than fruit and flowers. It is a focused and elegant distillation of rock rather than an opulent cascade of fruit. It is an expression of the geology that lays beneath our land, the tart blue fruits of the coast range and the tender herbs that one finds amongst the trees and mushrooms of the Northwest forest.”

Her 2013 Ceras is yet another example of Maggie Harrison’s sorcery over the vines at Antica Terra. The focus and intensity of flavor is off the charts, yet it maintains an almost ethereal weightlessness, only emphasizes the layer of silk that separates you from the wine. The pungent rock is so on point and distinctive it instantly reminded me of the scent of lichen growing on rocks, which I experienced in Colorado when I was 7 or 8 years old. This sets the stage for the level of complexity exhibited. The fruit has both an extraordinarily high level of purity and yet the woven tapestry of herbs and spices and even fruit blending are impossible not to notice. The key being that nothing is forced.

The nuance of complexity only being noticed when desired is nearly an impossible feat. I can’t help but recall James Conaway quoting Andy Beckstoffer in his recently released book: Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity. “If a wine was a model with a chipped tooth, you’d have to give her something to compensate with. If she needs better shoulders, better breasts, give her some. But her real charm is in how she carries the defect.”

After reading his book, I can tell you I’m definitely not certain whether you can accept his quotes verbatim. One thing is certain, though, Maggie Harrison’s Antica Terra wines carry the defect like no other.
— 5 days ago

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Isaac Pirolo

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@TheSkip Thanks. It is definitely a helluva of a wine!
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@Isaac Pirolo Isaac good review Cheers 🏒
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@Phil A Thank you! Cheers!🍷

St Innocent Winery

Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

A favorite of Oregon,

Smells of freshly crushed petals.

Coming in with zest, pithe, inhaling persimmon, oregano, mint. Exhales of cedar,dried berry blend, acidified cherry. A great winery, has been for many, many years.
Finally! Spring -ish in DC..

— 6 days ago

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Riddley Walker

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😍🍷 + 😍🏡

Alit Wines

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Bought at winery. Moderately extracted purple in color, excellent clarity. Tight initially, vanilla, blackberry, mint and mushroom notes in nose, later wood spice. Blackberry, blueberry, and spice flavors in mouth (a day later, cherry and plum flavors with length), fine grain seed tannins in finish. Slightly tart blueberry and graphite aftertaste. Decent Oregon Pinot, inexpensive, great value — 6 days ago

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Elk Cove Vineyards

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Summer in a wine glass. Tastes like warm sunshine kissed fruit with a wonderful lingering Pinot berry mouthfeel. It's so good. And 2017 is now all 100% estate fruit with limited production so get it while you can! Best served slightly chilled but not cold. Room temp is good too. — 4 days ago

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Domaine Drouhin

Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

Medium+ viscosity, dark ruby/orange with white at rim. Bright cherries, cough drops, vanilla, orange peel, white flowers. Very light in the mouth with tart cherries, raspberries, medium acid, some tannins, medium+ finish length of moderate complexity. Drinking well but getting to the thin side and lacking more of the inorganic/darker notes, could be due to age. Drink now- still great! — 14 days ago

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Maison Roy & Fils

Petite Incline Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Jared Etzel’s project in the Dundee Hills. This is a cant miss tasting room. One of the most beautiful spots in the valley and Melissa who runs the hospitality program is a world class professional.2015, blend of their estate Iron Filbert, George Hilberry’s La Colina, Terry Family Vineyard and Roy’s other Yamhill Carlton estate site. Great value, shows a ton of acid and liveliness. Price is a slam dunk. — 12 days ago

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OTWC

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

The wine is medium dark in the glass with a gorgeous nose of smoky, red fruit. Bright cherries have the shade of earth thrown over them with an overlay of sage. In the mouth, tannins are firm and acidity is great and the palate is ripe and a bit savory. It's a middleweight, right where Pinot ought to be. — 6 days ago

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Eisold-Smith

Meredith Mitchell Pinot Noir 2014

Taste this blind and you will guess Burgundy. The nose, the palate, the color; everything screams burg. Speaking of the nose; foot fetish anyone? ( @Shawn R ) Locker room, wild tart cherry, damp forest floor, roasted lamb juices, and well... women’s shoes 👠 . Savory and meaty. After a couple hours open, this builds some sweetness on the back end; a little Luden’s cherry drop and dried thyme sprigs. Really well made and a true testament to the terroir of this single vineyard. Burgundy lovers need to get their hands on this. — 4 days ago

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Archery Summit

Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016

One of my favorite roses. To drink all year long. Fresh berries. Lovely finish. And it represents fun summer in a cup. Very limited production so seek it out before it's all gone. Tastes at the vineyard tasting room - in the caves! — 4 days ago

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Bow and Arrow

Vitae Springs Pinot Noir 2015

The name of this band is Talking Heads, the name of this wine is Bow & Arrow Vitae Springs Pinot Noir. Candidly, I’m a fool for not drinking Bow & Arrow stuff more often. Every time I have their wine, I remark that I need more of it. — 10 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

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Where is this winery
Ryan Wofford

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Been hearing a lot about this PDX label!