Wine Review – Pinot from Oregon and California

Wine Review – Pinot from Oregon and California

From Family Wine Merchants there is a pair of exceptional Pinot Noirs from the United States available later this month. I am generally leery of Californian Pinot Noir – let’s face it, the style is usually overcooked and drinks more like Cabernet – but I am finding more bottles that seem to hold onto their acidity. It’s a pleasure to see the Domaine Drouhin hitting the shelves after seeing the entry level bottles from this…

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King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery has the largest contiguous organic vineyards in North America. It is also one of the largest producers in Oregon producing over 400k cases of wine a year. The family owned facility is impressive with a production facility that seems like stretches for miles under the beautiful tasting room and restaurant located on site. The large production at this facility means that they are one of the flag bearers for Oregon wine. Wine…

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Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Iris Vineyards – Oregon

Southwest of Eugene, Oregon I had the opportunity to visit Iris Vineyards. The sprawling estate is impressive when you arrive on the property that is over 800 acres. The winery has Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which is to be expected in Oregon… But it was also fascinating to find Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo on the property as well. The vineyards were planted in 1996 with Iris producing their first wines in 2002. Here…

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ROCO Winery – Oregon

ROCO Winery – Oregon

Rollin Soles settled in Oregon from Texas. He is the co-owner of ROCO winery in Oregon and greeting him at the winery felt like greeting an old friend. He settled in Oregon after making wines in California, Switzerland, Washington and Australia. The facility in Oregon is impressive and the wines are a true expression of cool climate wine making. The winery is named for Rollin and his wife Corby Stonebraker-Soles. Their mascot is a Thunderbird,…

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The Eyrie Vineyards – Oregon

The Eyrie Vineyards – Oregon

David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards planted his first 3000 vinifera vines in Oregon in 1965. He was the first to plant Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. Pinot Noir is what drew David to the region and he was convinced it was perfect for growing the grape. Given that 62% of all vines planted in the Oregon are Pinot Noir it’s safe to say he was on to something….

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Lemelson – Oregon

Lemelson – Oregon

If you go to any winery in Ontario and ask about Thomas, the winery staff know that you are asking about Thomas Bachelder. Owner and winemaker of his eponymous wine label but known for his work at Le Clos Jordanne, Domaine Queylus and 16 Mile… I’m sure I am forgetting about a place or two. Needless to say Thomas is very busy and his reputation precedes him. Thomas Bachelder was the winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards…

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Oregon Sneak Peek

Oregon Sneak Peek

I am off to Oregon to do some tasting and exploring next week. I have had the opportunity to taste a couple of wines from the area. A couple of wines do not define a region, but they certainly have me hooked into what I’m about to explore. 2014 La Crema Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir – ****+ – From your first sniff of the glass you can smell that there is some heat in…

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