This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article Oregon Outside the Pinot Noir Box . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “For many wine lovers, Oregon, and especially the Willamette Valley, is all Pinot Noir, all the time. Perhaps no other region in the New World is so closely associated with a single variety. And yet there’s so much more happening here, especially with Chardonnay. White wine and reds not made from Pinot Noir are approaching almost half of our annual Oregon coverage, which is a remarkable development over the last decade.” --Josh Raynolds, Oregon Outside the Pinot Noir Box, September 2020 1. Adelsheim Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay 2. Anne Amie 2015 Pinot Blanc Twelve Oaks Estate 3. Argyle Winery 2009 Brut Extended Tirage 4. Bergström 2016 Chardonnay Sigrid 5. Bethel Heights Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay Estate Casteel 6. Evening Land 2017 Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard 7. Foris Vineyards Winery 2018 Pinot Gris 8. Kelley Fox Wines 2019 Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard 9. Walter Scott Wines 2017 Chardonnay Cuvée Anne 10. WillaKenzie Estate 2017 Chardonnay

WillaKenzie Estate

Estate Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Limpid, green-tinged straw. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, joined by a hint of fennel as the wine opens up. Fleshy and broad on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering bitter pear skin, Meyer lemon and candied ginger flavors. Finishes long and spicy, with a lingering pear note and a hint of florality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Evening Land Vineyards

Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Light, glistening yellow. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, dusty minerals and white flowers, and a hint of chamomile emerges with air. Sappy, penetrating and energetic on the palate, offering Meyer lemon, pear, candied ginger and toasted brioche flavors that slowly deepen and spread out on the back half. Powerful and concentrated yet lithe in character, finishing with strong energy and lingering floral and mineral notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Argyle

Master Series Extended Tirage Brut Oregon Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2009

Delectable Wine
9.3

Translucent gold. Powerful, smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas, along with a suave floral overtone and a hint of honey. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering pliant nectarine, orange and poached pear flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows fine definition and a touch of toasty lees on a long, subtly chewy finish that leaves a sexy floral note behind. Disgorged in July 2019. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Walter Scott

Cuvée Anne Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Light, shimmering yellow. Aromas of pear and peach nectar and chamomile take on a smoky mineral quality with air. Silky and seamless in style, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors that are sharpened by a refreshingly bitter lemon zest nuance. Finishes smooth, spicy and long, leaving pear and mineral notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Foris Vineyards

Rouge Valley Pinot Gris 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Extremely pale straw. Tightly focused on the nose, displaying racy green apple and orange zest qualities and a smoky mineral overtone. Tight and nervy in style but not lacking for depth to the juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes chewy and long, with lingering mineral and citrus zest notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Bergström Wines

Sigrid Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

Vivid straw-yellow. A suave, intensely perfumed bouquet features fresh pear, tangerine, iodine, buttered toast and smoky minerals that show superb definition and spicy lift. Penetrating, concentrated and sharply focused; a core of juicy acidity supports powerful orchard and citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors that deepen through the midpalate. Rich but lithe as well, with superb finishing energy and mineral-driven tenacity. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Adelsheim

Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Translucent yellow. Lively citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by hints of pungent flowers and ginger. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering zesty lemon, yellow apple and sweet butter flavors that slowly unfurl through the midpalate. Finishes on a recurring floral note, with strong cling and a late touch of gingery spiciness. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Kelley Fox Wines

Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2019

Delectable Wine
9.3

Vivid straw. Mineral-tinged nectarine, tangelo and pungent flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Silky, tightly focused and energetic on the palate, offering juicy citrus and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors complemented by suggestions of saffron and sweet butter. Shows excellent depth and clarity and finishes minerally and very long, leaving floral and mineral notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Bethel Heights Vineyard

Casteel Eola - Amity Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Light, bright yellow. Meyer lemon, pear and smoky minerals on the deeply perfumed nose, along with hints of jasmine, vanilla and candied ginger that emerge with air. Silky in texture and well-concentrated, offering palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors complemented by brioche, oyster shell and toasty lees nuances. The floral note repeats emphatically on the extremely long, supple finish, which is energized by a jolt of smoky minerality. Aged for 15 months in 55% new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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Anne Amie Vineyards

Twelve Oaks Esate Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc 2015

Delectable Wine
9.0

Brilliant straw-yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with hints of toasty lees and honeysuckle. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering juicy pear and Meyer lemon flavors that slowly deepen through the midpalate. Finishes long and floral, with a lingering hint of spiciness. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
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