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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.

 

KNUDSEN VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2016
KNUDSEN VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Stainless' 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Müller-Thurgau, Yamhill-Carlton 'Celebrate' 2017
KRAMER VINEYARDS Müller-Thurgau, Yamhill-Carlton 2017
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley 2017
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Heritage' 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 'Estate' 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Sparkling Wine, Willamette Valley 'Blanc de Blancs' 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Sparkling Wine, Yamhill-Carlton, Brut 2015
KRAMER VINEYARDS Sparkling Wine, Yamhill-Carlton, Brut 2016
KRAMER VINEYARDS Sparkling Wine, Yamhill-Carlton, Brut Rosé 2015
KRAMER VINEYARDS Sparkling Wine, Yamhill-Carlton, Brut Zero Dosage' 2015
LACHINI Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Al Di La' 2017
LACHINI Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 'Lachini Family Estate' 2017
LACHINI Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Cuvée Giselle' 2017
LACHINI Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
LANGE Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard 2017
LANGE Chardonnay, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2017
LANGE Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Three Hills' 2017
LANGE Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard 2015
LANGE Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2015
LANGE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2015
LANGE Sparkling Rosé, Willamette Valley' Mia Mouseaux' 2015
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Côte Est' 2017
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Diversite' 2017
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Equinoxe Reserve' 2016
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Merci Reserve' 2016
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Pierre Reserve' 2016
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Rocheaux' 2017
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Trajet Reserve' 2016
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
LEFT COAST Chardonnay 'Truffle Hill' 2017
LEFT COAST Pinot Noir 'Truffle Hill' 2015
LEFT COAST Pinot Noir White, Willamette Valley 2018
LEFT COAST Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Cali’s Cuvee' 2016
LEFT COAST Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Right Bank' 2015
LEFT COAST Rosé, Willamette Valley 2017
LEMELSON VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2015
LEMELSON VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Chestnut Hill Vineyard 2015
LEMELSON VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Meyer Vineyard 2015
LEMELSON VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Stermer Vineyard 2015
LEMELSON VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Jerome’s Reserve' 2015
LEMELSON VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Thea’s Selection' 2015
LINGUA FRANCA Chardonnay, Bunker Hill Vineyard 2017
LINGUA FRANCA Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills 'Avni' 2017
LINGUA FRANCA Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills 'Avni' 2017
LINGUA FRANCA Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills 'Estate' 2017
LOVE & SQUALOR Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
MAYSARA Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley 'Autees' 2018
MAYSARA Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 'Arsheen' 2018
MAYSARA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Asha' 2014
MAYSARA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Cyrus' 2015
MAYSARA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Delara' 2015
MAYSARA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Jamsheed' 2015
MAYSARA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Mahtaub' 2014
MAYSARA Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Roseena' 2018
MEGAN ANNE CELLARS Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains 2016
MEGAN ANNE CELLARS Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2016
MEGAN ANNE CELLARS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Black Love' 2016
NICOLAS-JAY Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
NICOLAS-JAY Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
OAK KNOLL Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2016
OPEN CLAIM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2016
OPEN CLAIM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2016
PAMPLIN Red Wine, Willamette Valley 'JRG' 2015
PAMPLIN Red Wine, Willamette Valley 'Red I.Q.' 2016
PATRICIA GREEN CELLARS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2017
PENNER-ASH Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
PONZI VINEYARDS Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
PONZI VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2016
PONZI VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Classico' 2016
PONZI VINEYARDS Riesling, Willamette Valley 2017
PORLANDIA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
PORLANDIIA Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
PROJECT M Chardonnay 'Anicca' 2017
PROJECT M Pinot Noir 'Bodhi Kairos' 2016
PROJECT M Pinot Noir 'Personify' 2017
PROJECT M Pinot Noir, Filament Vineyard 2017
PROJECT M Riesling 'Schlussel' 2017
PROJECT M Sparkling Rosé 'Acclara' 2018
RJ WINES Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Beyond The Pale' 2018
ROCO Pinot Noir, Marsh Estate Vineyard 2016
ROCO Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Gravel Road' 2017
ROCO Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'The Stalker' 2016
ROCO Sparkling Wine Rosé, Willamette Valley 'RMS' 2015
ROCO Sparkling Wine, Willamette Valley 'RMS' 2015
ROSEROCK Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 'Zephirine' 2016
ROSEROCK Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2016
RUBY VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Flora’s Reserve' 2015
RUBY VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Flora’s Reserve' 2016
SAFFRON FIELDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
SAFFRON FIELDS Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 2016
SAFFRON FIELDS Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
SAMUEL ROBERT Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Vintner’s Reserve' 2017
SOKOL BLOSSER Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate' 2016
SOKOL BLOSSER Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
SOTER Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Origin' 2016
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