Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ayres Vineyard

Pioneer Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2015

Now this is some really good PN. Bright cherries laced in minerality, and floral fragrances as if walking through a rose garden that is planted parallel with a road that’s just had fresh asphalt applied. Perfumed yet damp and earthy. Love the back-label note:

“The best of our barrels comes to you in this very limited bottling. It is comprised entirely from our Ribbon Ridge vineyard’s sweet spot, all from Clone 667. Named in honor of an Oregon Trail pioneer, this is a wine that could stand up to such a journey.”
— 7 days ago

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Teutonic Wine Company

Borgo Pass Vineyard Pinot Meunier 2016

My annual visit to this bottle. I should keep it for longer, but I can’t. Bright yet savory. Cranberry, black pepper, violets, Niçoise olive. A very favorite. — 11 days ago

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Elk Cove Vineyards

Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2017

So damn good for the money. Green apples, limestone, light acidity. This 2017 is spot on! — 7 days ago

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@Jarrod Kaplan Haven’t had it yet. I will. Thanks for the heads up.

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@David L they have some great Pinot Noirs for the $$ as well!
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@ADAM STROMFELD Had it on vacation in Savannah Georgia. Fantastic price point.

Lingua Franca

Avni Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

Correction! Left my notes behind. This the Chardonnay was actually great they included plenty of stem. I was not a big fan of the higher end Pinot. — 2 months ago

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Ara Willamette Valley Riesling 2016

Honeycomb, nectar, green apple, white peach. A touch of sweetness with 1pc RS. Attractive texture. A successful wine from a low production winery - only 400 cases made. Should be more than $35. #wbc18 — 11 days ago

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@James Forsyth they are making some excellent wine
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@James Forsyth and as you point out at very fair price points
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Nice, I have some challenges finding the Ara from year to year, but I do really like this producer.

Goodfellow Family Cellars

Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

Seth Morgen Long

Bright, airy, vibrant and fresh. Tons of dissolved co2, deserves a decanting — 4 days ago

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Walter Scott

Cuvée Anne Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

Seth Morgen Long

Reductive and tense, more mineral than fruit. High pedigree Willamette Valley Chardonnay from an amazing vintage. Very high qpr. — 4 days ago

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Lingua Franca

Bunker Hill Chardonnay

Seth Morgen Long

Amazing energy, density and clarity, lovely reduction and integrated wood. One of the top 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay — 4 days ago

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Alit Wines

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Medium extracted, light purple-red, very good clarity. Hints of butter, vanilla, blueberry and funk in nose, but more raspberry than anything. Blueberry and raspberry flavors, lemon and barrel smoke finish, later some plum emerges; mild seed bitterness, moderate chewy skin tannin astringency. A tad tart, which a bit of chill or food would fix. Very good value from this innovative Costco-style winery, tasting room and buying coop — 17 days ago

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Meristem Wines

McMinnville Ava Pinot Noir 2013

The twins. Vince & Cheney Vidrine. These wines are gone, Vince took an assistant winemaker position with Domaine Serene and they made him ditch the brand. Cheney was an assistant winemaker with Union Wine Company.Dont think either is with those companies any longer, last I heard they are in Southern Oregon. Have no idea if it’s true. Damn shame, this was one of the most exciting projects in the valley before it went sideways.

Crazy interesting to see how this has evolved. This is insanely reductive winemaking that opens in front of your eyes to dark red fruit with structure and balance. Popped the bottle and it was stinky as can be! Great stuff, glad I didn’t give up on this out of the gate and saw the opportunity that was coming. Wine is in a really interesting spot. Wish I had another bottle to see where this goes down the road
— 20 days ago

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@Boxer Briefs Cheers 🍷
Cheney Vidrine

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I may know a guy..
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@Cheney Vidrine Haha. Hope you guys are well.