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As the wave of great vintages continues in Oregon, our senior editor Owen Bargreen has been tasting his way through the latest releases. Some of the world’s finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir come from Oregon and its diverse AVAs and the quality of production seems to be at an all-time high, with nearly 300 new releases being scored 90 Points or higher. 

Our in-depth tasting report highlights the beautiful new releases (primarily from 2015-2017), which range from amazing values to wines that are amongst the most compelling in the world and covers over 450 outstanding releases.  
 

VINTAGE OVERVIEWS:

2015: A sensational vintage for Pinot Noir, as fruit maintained remarkable freshness but also produced powerful red and dark fruit flavor and aromatics. 

2016: Equally as impressive was 2016, as the vintage tends to show a touch more minerality but grapes also collected good phenolic ripeness to translate into good richness in the glass. 

2017: The vintage shows wonderful promise, as I am quite impressed with the first red and white wines I have tasted from the vintage. Conditions were similar to 2016 as a similar degree of warmth, but fewer hot growing degree days which resulted higher levels of acidity and sterling tension in the glass. 

 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCERS

DOMAINE SERENE
One of the great lineups in the state, Domaine Serene, continues to craft rich and beautifully layered Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You will not want to miss the scintillating 2016 Domaine Serene 'Evenstad Reserve' Chardonnay, or their newly released 2016 Domaine Serene 'Recolte Grand Cru' Chardonnay which both captivate with their unique focus, richness and tension in the wine. 

BIG TABLE FARM
Big Table Farm continues to produce a magical lineup of wines. Winemaker Brian Marcy seems to be improving with each vintage, as his 2017 'Earth' Pinot Noir is up there with the best of its kind in the state. 

LINGUA FRANCA
The outstanding team of Larry Stone MS, consulting winemaker Dominique Lafon and winemaker Thomas Savre craft some of the most distinctive and highly Burgundian wines in the Willamette Valley, none more so than their stunning and bright new 2017 Lingua Franca ‘Bunker Hill’ Chardonnay.

ST. INNOCENT
Founder and winemaker Mark Vlossak has quietly been making some of the most compelling white wines in the valley, including the top scoring Pinot Gris bottling of our report, their 2017 St. Innocent ‘Vitae Springs Vineyard’ Pinot Gris, showing wonderful range and texture.

EVENING LAND
Year after year, Evening Land crafts some of the most evocative Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from their famed Seven Springs Vineyard. The 2016 releases are utterly brilliant - mineral-driven and full of gorgeous terroir, these wines should not be missed.

BEAUX FRÈRES
One of the consistently great lineups of age-worthy, pretty and lithe Pinot Noir wines comes from Beaux Freres who has hit another home run with their fantastic new lineup of 2016 Pinot Noirs. 

AYOUB
Mo Ayoub continues to be one of the top wineries in Oregon as the 2017 Ayob 'Estate Vineyard' Pinot Noir and the 2017 Ayoub Chardonnay are both dazzling examples of their varietal.

 

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Other wineries that performed remarkably were lineups from Stag Hollow, Alexana, Bergstrom, Tendril, Cristom, Trisaetum, Gran Moraine, Zena Crown, Open Claim and Brick House.

Do not miss out on top Oregon Sparkling Wines by Argyle with their 2008 Argyle ‘Extended Tirage’ Sparkling Wine, or ROCO, and their 2015 ‘RMS’ Rose Sparkling wine made by the talented Rollin Soles, formerly of Argyle fame.

 

00 WINES Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'VGW' 2017
00 Wines Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'VGW’ 2016
00 WINES Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'VGR' 2016
00 WINES Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'VGR' 2017
A TO Z Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
A TO Z Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
A TO Z Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
A TO Z Rosé, Willamette Valley 2017
ACROBAT Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
ACROBAT Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay 'Barrel Fermented' 2016
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay 'Caitlin’s Reserve' 2015
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains 2016
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay, Ribbon Springs Vineyard 2016
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Staking Claim' 2016
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2016
ADELSHEIM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir 'Boulder Bluff' 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir 'Breaking Ground' 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir 'Elizabeth’s Reserve' 2014
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir 'Elizebeth’s Reserve' 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Bryan Creek 2014
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Bryan Creek Vineyard 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Nicholas Vineyard 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Ribbon Springs Vineyard 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Temperance Hill Vineyard 2015
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir, Zenith Vineyard 2015
ADELSHEIM Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
ADELSHIEM Pinot Noir, Winderlea Vineyard 2015
ALEXANA Chardonnay 'Terroir Series' 2016
ALEXANA Pinot Gris 'Terroir Series' 2017
ALEXANA Pinot Noir 'Pommard Clone' 2016
ALEXANA Pinot Noir 'Signature' 2016
ALEXANA Riesling, Revana Vineyard 2017
AMITY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
AMITY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2018
AMITY VINEYARDS Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
ANNE AMIE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Two Estates' 2015
ANNE AMIE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Winemaker’s Cuvée' 2016
ANNE AMIE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Winemaker’s Selection' 2017
ARBOR BROOK Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Vintner Select' 2016
ARBOR BROOK Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
ARBOR BROOOK Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate 777 Block' 2016
ARCHERY SUMMIT Chardonnay, Summit Estate 2016
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir Renegade Ridge Vineyard 2016
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016
ARGYLE Brut Rosé, Willamette Valley 2015
ARGYLE Chardonnay 'Nuthouse' 2016
ARGYLE Pinot Noir 'Nuthouse' 2016
ARGYLE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2016
ARGYLE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
ARGYLE Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
ARGYLE Sparkling Wine, Willamette Valley 'Brut' 2015
AVERAEN Pinot Noir, Croft Vineyard 2017
AVERAEN Pinot Noir, Eola Springs Vineyard 2017
AVERAEN Pinot Noir, Meredith Mitchell Vineyard 2017
AVERAEN Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Flood Line' 2017
AVERAEN Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
AYOUB Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
AYOUB Pinot Noir, ??? Vineyard 2017
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Anonimo Vineyard 2017
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Brittan Vineyard 2017
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard 2017
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Memoirs' 2017
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, Gran Moraine Vineyard 2016
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, Guadalupe Vineyard 2016
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2016
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, Zena Crown Vineyard 2016
BELLS UP Pinot Blanc 'Rhapsody' 2018
BELLS UP Rosé, Willamette Valle 'Prelude' 2018
BELLS UP Seyval Blanc 'Helios' 2018
BENTON LANE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
BENTON LANE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate' 2015
BERGSTROM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Sigrid' 2017
BERGSTROM Pinot Noir, Bergstrom Vineyard 2017
BERGSTROM Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 'Silice' 2017
BERGSTROM Pinot Noir, Le Pre Du Col Vineyard 2017
BERGSTROM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Winery Block' 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay 'The Wild Bee' 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'The Elusive Queen' 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Cattrall Brothers Vineyard 2016
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Pelos Sandberg Vineyard 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Sunnyside Vineyard 2016
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Earth' 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Wirtz Vineyard 2016
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 2016
BIG TABLE FARM Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Laughing Pig' 2018
BIG TABLE FARM Syrah, The Funk Estate 2016
BOEDECKER Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Stewart' 2015
BOEDECKER Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
BRICK HOUSE Chardonnay, Ribbon Ridge 'Cascadia' 2016
BRICK HOUSE Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2016
BRICK HOUSE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Les Dijonnais' 2016
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Claudia’s Choice' 2015
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate' 2017
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Jessica' 2016
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Marcile Lorraine' 2015
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