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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.

 

ST. INNOCENT Auxerrois, Zenith Vineyard 2017
ST. INNOCENT Chardonnay, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2016
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Gris, Vitae Springs Vineyard 2017
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2015
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Temperance Hill Vineyard 2016
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Villages Cuvée' 2017
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2016
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Vendage Selection' 2016
STAG HOLLOW Tempranillo, Willamette Valley 2016
STOLLER Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2018
STOLLER Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
STOLLER Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
TAMARACK Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2018
TAMARACK White Wine, Willamette Valley 'Firehouse White' 2018
TENDRIL Pinot Noir, Saffron Fields Vineyard 2015
TENDRIL Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'C Note' 2015
TENDRIL Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Extrovert' 2015
TENDRIL Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Tightrope' 2015
TOIL OREGON Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
TOIL OREGON Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
TOIL OREGON Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
TORI MOR Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2016
TORI MOR Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley 2017
TORI MOR Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
TORI MOR Pinot Noir, Alloro Vineyard 2016
TORI MOR Pinot Noir, Hoy Vineyard 2017
TORI MOR Pinot Noir, Nysa Vineyard 2016
TORI MOR Pinot Noir, Olsen Estate Vineyard 2016
TORI MOR Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
TRISAETUM Chardonnay, Coast Range Estate 2017
TRISAETUM Chardonnay, Ribbon Ridge Estate 2017
TRISAETUM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017
TRISAETUM Pinot Noir, Coast Range Estate 2017
TRISAETUM Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge Estate 2017
TRISAETUM Pinot Noir, Wichmann Dundee Estate 2017
TRISAETUM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
TROON VINEYARD Malbec, Rogue Valley 'Cuvée Cot' 2016
TROON VINEYARD Tannat, Rogue Valley 2016
TROON VINEYARD Vermentino, Rogue Valley 2017
TROON VINEYARD White Wine, Rogue Valley 'Côtes du Kubli' 2018
TROON VINEYARD White Wine, Rogue Valley 'Kubli Bench Blanc' 2017
TROON VINEYARD Zinfandel, Rogue Valley 2017
VERAEN Pinot Noir, Nysa Vineyard 2017
W.T. VINTNERS Pinot Noir, Seven Springs Vineyard 2016
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2017
WALTER SCOTT Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Bunker Hill' 2016
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 'Estate' 2016
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 'Vintage 43' 2016
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate' 2016
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Vintage 43' 2016
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Whole Cluster' 2017
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Rosé, Willamette Valley 'Oregon Solidarity' 2018
WILLIAM ROSE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2018
WILLIAM ROSE Riesling, Willamette Valley 'Prohibition' 2018
WILLIAM ROSE Riesling, Willamette Valley 2018
WINE BY JOE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2017
WINES BY JOE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley NV
WINTER’S HILL Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2016
WINTER’S HILL Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2016
WINTER’S HILL Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
WINTER’S HLL Pinot Blanc 'Reserve' 2017
YAMHIILL VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Estate' 2016
YAMHILL VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Tall Poppy' 2015
YAMHILL VALLEY VINEYARDS Rosé, Willamette Valley 2018
ZENA CROWN VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2015
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