Oregon’s Expanding Palette of Wines

Pinot Noir’s primacy as Oregon’s dominant variety is in no danger of being challenged any time soon. With more than 20,000 planted acres, Pinot Noir constitutes a whopping 64% of the state’s vines, and almost 80% of that total is in the Willamette Valley. So, barring some crazy climate or disease event, Pinot Noir isn’t going to be taking a back seat to any other variety in the foreseeable future. However, a steadily growing number of serious white wines (Riesling and Chardonnay) and a handful of non-Pinot Noir reds have begun making the case that there’s much more to Oregon wine than its most famous and ubiquitous variety. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)

Trisaetum

Coast Range Estate Dry Riesling 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale brilliant straw-yellow. Vibrant, incisive citrus fruit, floral and mineral aromas show outstanding clarity and a deeper pear note that emerges as the wine stretches out. A pure, sharply delineated example of Riesling, offering concentrated but nervy pink grapefruit, lime and green apple flavors along with hints of honeysuckle and green tea. Closes impressively long and precise, featuring resonating citrus zest and mineral notes and a touch of bitter quinine. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 4 months ago

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Haden Fig

Juliette Chardonnay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale gold. Fresh melon, nectarine and pear on the highly perfumed, mineral- and lees-accented nose. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering an array of concentrated yet vibrant orchard and pit fruit flavors and suggestions of lemon pith, gingery spices and toasted grain. Shows real energy and nervy cut on the impressively long finish, which features a sexy floral nuance and an exotic touch of saffron. I'd happily match this complex Chardonnay up to most high-end (not to mention more expensive) California renditions of the variety. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
— 4 months ago

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Shea Wine Cellars

Shea Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Delectable Wine
9.2

(16 percent new French oak) Limpid yellow. Expressive, oak-spiced orchard and pit fruit scents are complicated by toasty lees and floral elements. Sappy and broad on the palate, offering juicy nectarine, pear nectar, orange zest and vanilla flavors energized by a core of juicy acidity. Shows excellent breadth and spicy thrust on a very long, mineral-tinged finish that leaves ripe citrus and orchard fruit notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
— 4 months ago

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Soter Vineyards

Mineral Springs Brut Rose 2013

Delectable Wine
9.4

Light bronze-hued orange-pink. A heady, complex bouquet evokes fresh red fruit, orange pith, pungent flowers and smoky minerals. Sappy, concentrated and focused on the palate, offering mineral-laced, finely etched strawberry, blood orange and honeysuckle flavors that turn livelier on the back half. The marriage of power and delicacy here is really impressive. The floral note carries emphatically through a dry, sharply focused finish that shows outstanding clarity and persistence. This wine is as fine a bubbly as I can recall tasting from outside Champagne. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
— 4 months ago

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St Innocent Winery

Freedom Hill Vineyard Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.2

(all neutral French oak) Limpid yellow. Mineral- and lees-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas show very good clarity and hints of honeysuckle and sweet butter. Displays deeper pit fruit character on the palate, offering juicy, smoke-accented nectarine, pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that show depth as well as strong tension. The mineral quality comes back on a very long, juicy finish that echoes the Meyer lemon and mineral notes. In the context of top-drawer, Burgundy-inspired New World Chardonnay, this bottling delivers uncanny value. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
— 4 months ago

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Lingua Franca

Sisters Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

Limpid yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of peach, Anjou pear, melon and Meyer lemon, along with a bright floral overtone. Juicy and densely packed, displaying a deft interplay of richness and vivacity to the citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Picks up smoky lees, honey and iodine nuances with air and shows excellent clarity and back-end lift. The strikingly long, penetrating finish echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes and betrays no rough edges. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018) — 4 months ago

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The Eyrie Vineyards

Original Vines Pinot Gris 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

Pale straw-yellow. Incisive citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by suave floral and smoky mineral flourishes. Juicy and sharply delineated on the palate, offering concentrated Meyer lemon, pear and bitter quinine flavors sweetened by a subtle touch of honey. The mineral note comes back strong on a vibrant finish that shows outstanding clarity and tension. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
— 4 months ago

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Walter Scott

Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Delectable Wine
9.3

Limpid yellow. A powerful, mineral-driven bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, jasmine and sweet butter, along with a subtle vanilla note in the background. Palate-staining Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors are supported by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. Shows excellent clarity and power on the finish, which lingers with strong, mineral-dominated persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
— 4 months ago

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Amalie Robert

Heirloom Cameo Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2014

Delectable Wine
9.2

Limpid yellow. Ripe pear, Meyer lemon, vanilla and smoky minerals on the deeply perfumed nose, along with hints of jasmine and candied ginger that build in the background. Supple and well-concentrated, offering expansive citrus and orchard fruit flavors complemented by brioche and toasty lees nuances. The floral note repeats emphatically on the very long, supple finish, which is energized by a jolt of zesty acidity. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018)
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