Oregon Report: New Releases, 2012-2013

With intense torrential rain during harvest in 2013, many producers were less than optimistic about what was prior to that a near ideal growing season. Succeeding the highly impressive 2012 vintage, rated 95 points by International Wine Report, 2013 was considered as a setback vintage for some. However, speaking to many Oregon winemakers, especially those who picked before the rains, were happy with the results. Overall, I rated the 2013 vintage in Oregon 90 points. One producer that picked before the rains and excelled in 2013 was Archery Summit, who fielded a very strong lineup of wines including the highly impressive 2013 'Arcus Estate'. Brittan Vineyards fielded a highly impressive lineup as well, none more exceptional than their 2013 'Gestalt Block' Pinot Noir, which had an incredible combination of deep flavors and minerality. As for the 2012 releases, the scintillating White Rose 'Winemaker Cuvée', Cristom’s 2012 Matriarch Cuvée, as well as the 2012 Eyrie Vineyards 'Estate Grown' Pinot Noir stood out. Other Pinot Noirs which highlighted our tasting were two gorgeous wines from Domain Serene; 2012 Domaine Serene 'Mark Bradford Vineyard', and the 2012 Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' were both on a world-class level and should not be missed.

Chardonnay excelled in 2012/2013, none eclipsing the stunning 2013 Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' and the 2013 Domaine Serene Clos du Soleil Vineyard Chardonnay, showed gorgeous minerality and rich fruit flavors. Evening Land fielded a very serious Chardonnay lineup as well. The 2013 Evening Land 'Seven Springs Vineyard Summum' Chardonnay and the 2013 Evening Land, Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay were absolutely gorgeous and structured bottlings that will cellar beautifully for another decade. Both vintages also had some wonderful value wines. As for value white wines, the 2013 Adelsheim Pinot Gris, the 2013 King Estate 'Signature' Pinot Gris both excelled at their pricepoint. While for Sparkling wine 2012 Argyle Brut is at top of its class for its price point.

Below are nearly 100 tasting notes on wines from 2012 and 2013, which are currently on the market and certainly worth seeking out.

A TO Z WINEWORKS Pinot Noir 'Oregon' 2012
ADELSHEIM Pinot Gris 2013
ALEXANA Pinot Noir, Revana Vineyard 2013
ALEXANA Pinot Noir, Revana Vineyard 2014
ANAM CARA CELLARS Pinot Noir 'Nicholas Estate' 2012
ANAM CARA CELLARS Riesling 'Nicholas Estate' 2012
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Archer's Edge' 2013
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Archery Summit Estate' 2013
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Arcus Estate' 2013
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Looney Vineyard' 2013
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Red Hills Estate' 2013
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Renegade Ridge Vineyard' 2013
ARGYLE Brut 2012
ARGYLE Chardonnay 'Nuthouse' 2013
ARGYLE Pinot Noir 'Nuthouse' 2013
ARGYLE Riesling 'Nuthouse' 2013
AUBICHON Pinot Noir 2013
BENTON LANE Pinot Noir 'Estate' 2013
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2013
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Cattrall Brothers Vineyard 2013
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Sunnyside Vineyard 2013
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Wirtz Vineyard 2013
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 2013
BRITTAN VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Basalt Block' 2012
BRITTAN VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Basalt Block' 2013
BRITTAN VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Gestalt Block' 2013
CHEHALEM Pinot Noir, Stoller Vineyard 2012
COLENE CLEMENS Pinot Noir 'Margo' 2012
CRISTOM Pinot Noir 'Matriarch Cuvée' 2012
DOBBES FAMILY WINERY Pinot Noir 'Grand Assemblage' 2013
DOMAINE SERENE 'Grand Cheval' 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay 'Evenstad Reserve' 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay 'Récolte Grand Cru' 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Clos de Lune Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Clos du Soleil Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Côte Sud Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Etoile Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Evenstad Reserve' 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Yamhill Cuvée' 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Côte Sud Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Fleur de Lis Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Gold Eagle Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Grace Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Jerusalem Hill Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Mark Bradford Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Two Barns Vineyard 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Winery Hill Vineyard 2012
ERATH Pinot Noir 'Estate Collection' 2013
ERATH Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013
EVENING LAND Chardonnay, Seven Springs Vineyard 'La Source' 2013
EVENING LAND Chardonnay, Seven Springs Vineyard 'Summum' 2013
EVENING LAND Chardonnay, Seven Springs Vineyard 2013
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2013
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Vineyard 'La Source' 2013
EYRIE VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Estate Grown' 2012
J. CHRISTOPHER Pinot Noir 'Willamette Valley' 2012
KING ESTATE Pinot Gris 'Domaine' 2012
KING ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Signature' 2013
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Roucheaux' 2013
PANTHER CREEK Pinot Noir 'Winemaker's Cuvée' 2013
PANTHER CREEK Pinot Noir, Schindler Vineyard 2013
PONZI Chardonnay 'Reserve' 2013
PONZI Pinot Noir 'Willamette Valley' 2013
PRIMARIUS Pinot Noir 'Oregon' 2014
RESONANCE Pinot Noir, Resonance Vineyard 2013
SCOTT PAUL Pinot Noir 'La Paulée' 2012
SCOTT PAUL Pinot Noir, Azana Vineyard 2013
SHEA WINE CELLARS Pinot Noir 'Estate' 2012
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2013
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Justice Vineyard 2013
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Zenith Vineyard 2013
STAG HOLLOW Dolcetto 2012
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2012
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir 2012
STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE Chardonnay 'Reserve' 2013
STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Dundee Hills' 2013
STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2013
STOLLER Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2013
TENDRIL CELLARS Pinot Noir 'White Label' 2012
THE EYRIE VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Estate Grown' 2012
TORII MOR Pinot Noir 'Deux Verres Reserve' 2012
TORII MOR Pinot Noir, Olala Vineyard 2012
WHITE ROSE Pinot Noir 'Lia's Vineyard' 2013
WHITE ROSE Pinot Noir 'The Neo-Classical Objective' 2013
WHITE ROSE Pinot Noir 'Winemakers Cuvee' 2012
WHITE ROSE Pinot Noir, Vista Hills Vineyard 2013
WILDSTOCK Pinot Noir 2013
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Blanc 2013
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Aliette' 2012
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Aliette' 2013
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Emery' 2013
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Gisele' 2013
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Pierre Leon' 2013
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Elton' 2013
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Hannah' 2013
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Signature Cuvée' 2013