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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.

 

DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Evenstad Reserve' 2017
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Récolté Grand Cru' 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Récolté Grand Cru' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Abbey Oaks' 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Monogram' 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Yamhill Cuvée' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Abbey Oaks Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Côte Sud Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Côte Sud Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 'Aspect' 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Fleur de Lis Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Grace Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Grace Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Jerusalem Hill Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Jerusalem Hill Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Mark Bradford Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Triple S Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Two Barns Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Two Barns Vineyard 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Evenstad Reserve' 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Evenstad Reserve' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Monogram' 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Winery Hill Vineyard 2015
DOMAINE SERENE Red Wine, Willamette Valley 'Grand Cheval' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE White Pinot Noir 'Coeur Blanc' 2016
DOMAINE SERENE White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Coeur Blanc' 2017
DRUM ROLL Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
EDGEFIELD Pinot Noir, Aegrina Vineyard 2017
EDGEFIELD Pinot Noir, Fennwood Vineyard 2017
EDGEFIELD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
EDGEFIELD Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Umbrella Jimmy' 2018
ELIZABETH CHAMBERS Chardonnay, Hope Wells Vineyard 2017
ELIZABETH CHAMBERS Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
ELIZABETH CHAMBERS Pinot Noir, Temperance Hill Vineyard 2016
ELIZABETH CHAMBERS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Winemaker’s Cuvée' 2016
ELIZABETH CHAMBERS Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
EMINENT DOMAINE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
ERATH Chardonnay 'Oregon' 2017
ERATH Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate Selection' 2016
ERATH Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
ERATH Rosé, Willamette Valley 2017
ERATH Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
EVENING LAND Chardonnay, Seven Springs Vineyard 2016
EVENING LAND VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Seven Springs Estate 'La Source' 2016
EVENING LAND VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Seven Springs Estate 'Summum' 2016
EVENING LAND VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Estate 'Anden' 2016
EVENING LAND VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Estate 'La Source' 2016
EVENING LAND VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Estate 2016
FAIRSING VINEYARD Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
FAIRSING VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
FAIRSING VINEYARD Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
FIRESTEED Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
FIRESTEED Riesling, Willamette Valley 2016
FLANEUR Chardonnay 'Cuvée Constantin' 2016
FLANEUR Chardonnay 'La Belle Promenade' 2016
FLANEUR Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Cuvée Constantin' 2017
FLANEUR Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'La Belle Promenade' 2017
FLANEUR Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
FLANEUR Pinot Noir, Flaneurie Vineyard 2016
FLANEUR Pinot Noir, La Belle Promenade Vineyard 2016
FLANEUR Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Cuvée Constantin' 2016
FLANEUR Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Revelry' 2017
FLANEUR Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
FROG KISSER Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
FULLERTON WINES Pinot Noir 'Five Faces' 2016
FULLERTON WINES Pinot Noir, Bella Vida Vineyard 2016
FULLERTON WINES Pinot Noir, Croft Vineyard 2016
FULLERTON WINES Pinot Noir, Fir Crest Vineyard 2016
FULLERTON WINES Pinot Noir, Lichtenwalter Vineyard 2016
GOODFELLOW Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2017
GOODFELLOW Chardonnay, Durant Vineyard 2017
GOODFELLOW Chardonnay, Whistling Ridge Vineyard 2017
GOODFELLOW Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
GOODFELLOW Pinot Noir, Durant Vineyard 2016
GOODFELLOW Pinot Noir, Fir Crest Vineyard 2016
GOODFELLOW Pinot Noir, Whistling Ridge Vineyard 2016
GOODFELLOW Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Heritage No. 7' 2016
GOODFELLOW Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Heritage No. 8' 2016
GRAN MORAINE Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton 2016
GRAN MORAINE Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 2016
GRAN MORAINE Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
HAZELFERN Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
HAZELFERN Pinot Noir, Ana Vineyard 2017
HAZELFERN Pinot Noir, Robinson Family Vineyard 2017
HAZELFERN Pinot Noir, Silvershot Vineyard 2017
KEELER ESTATE VINEYARD Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 'Barrel Aged' 2016
KEELER ESTATE VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Craig’s Reserve' 2016
KEELER ESTATE VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Majestic White Oaks' 2016
KEELER ESTATE VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Chardonnay, Celilo Vineyard 2014
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
KING ESTATE Petite Sirah, Carpenter Hill Vineyard 2016
KING ESTATE Pinot Gris 'Domaine' 2017
KING ESTATE Pinot Gris, Pfeiffer Vineyard 2016
KING ESTATE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
KING ESTATE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
KING ESTATE Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
KING ESTATE White Wine, Quail Run Vineyard 2016
KINGS RIDGE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
KNUDSEN VINEYARD Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2017
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