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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.

 

BROOKS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Janus' 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Bois Joli Vineyard 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Brooks Estate Vineyard 2017
BROOKS Riesling, LaChenaie Vineyard 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Meyer Vineyard 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Monk’s Gate Vineyard 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Muska Vineyard 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Orchard Fold Vineyard 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Willamette Valley 'Ara' 2017
BROOKS Riesling, Willamette Valley 'Cahiers' 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Willamette Valley 'Sweet P' 2016
BROOKS Riesling, Willamette Valley 'Totality' 2017
BROOKS Sparkling Wine, Willamette Valley 2015
CHAPTER 24 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'The Fire' 2016
CHEHALEM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Inox' 2018
CHEHALEM Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2018
CHEHALEM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
CHEHALEM Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
CHILD’S PLAY Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
CHILD’S PLAY Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
CHILD’S PLAY Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
CHILD’S PLAY Zinfandel, Willamette Valley 2015
CHRIS JAMES CELLAR White Wine 'Cuvée Blanc' 2017
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Albariño, Willamette Valley 2018
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Pinot Noir Blanc, Willamette Valley 2018
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2016
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Riesling, Willamette Valley 2017
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Sauvignon Blanc, Willamette Valley 2018
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Sparkling Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Second Chance' 2018
CHRIS JAMES CELLARS Sparkling Wine, Willamette Valley 'Prost!' 2017
CHRIS JAMES Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
CHRIS JAMES Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley 2018
CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL Pinot Gris, Oregon 2018
CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL Pinot Noir, Oregon 2017
COELHO Chardonnay, Coelho Vineyard 2017
COELHO Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Appreciacao' 2017
COELHO Pinot Gris, Coelho Vineyard 2018
COELHO Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 'Renovacao' 2018
COELHO Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2018
COELHO Pinot Noir, Delfina Vineyard 2017
COELHO Pinot Noir, Paciencia Vineyard 2016
COELHO Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Atracao' 2017
COELHO Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Coelho Estates' 2017
COELHO Pinot Noir, Zeitoun Vineyard 2017
COELHO Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
COELHO Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Coelho Estates' 2018
COOPER MOUNTAIN Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
COOPER MOUNTAIN Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
COOPER MOUNTAIN Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Gris 'Estate' 2017
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Mt. Jefferson Cuvée' 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Eileen Vineyard 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Eileen Vineyard 2017
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Jessie Vineyard 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Jessie Vineyard 2017
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Louise Vineyard 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Louise Vineyard 2017
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Marjorie Vineyard 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Marjorie Vineyard 2017
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Mt. Jefferson Cuvée' 2017
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Syrah 'Estate' 2016
DE PONTE Melon de Bourgogne, Dundee Hills 'D.F.B.' 2017
DE PONTE Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 'Baldwin Family Reserve' 2016
DE PONTE Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 'Butcher’s Block Reserve' 2015
DE PONTE Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 'Estate' 2016
DE PONTE Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016
DE PONTE Pinot Noir, Lonesome Rock Ranch Vineyard 2016
DION VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Old Vines' 2016
DION VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Winemaker’s Reserve' 2016
DION VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
DOAMINE DIVIO Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
DOAMINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
DOBBES FAMILY WINES Pinot Noir 'Grand Assemblage' 2017
DOBBES FAMILY WINES Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
DOBBES FAMILY WINES Viognier, Sundown Vineyard 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Kalita Vineyard 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Hyland Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 'Clos Gallia Estate' 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 2017
DOMAINE DIVIO Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
DOMAINE DROUHIN Chardonnay, Edition Limitée 2016
DOMAINE DROUHIN Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Arthur' 2017
DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir 'Laurene' 2015
DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir 'Louise' 2016
DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016
DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir, Edition Limitée 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay 'Clos du Lune' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay 'Clos du Soleil' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Clos de Lune Vineyard 2017
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Clos du Soleil Vineyard 2017
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Côte Sud Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Etoile Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Evenstad Reserve' 2016
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