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OVERVIEW

The 2021 vintage of wines in Oregon State brought both good news and challenges for the winemakers and wine enthusiasts. After the tumultuous 2020 vintage marked by wildfires and smoke, many in the Oregon wine industry were understandably concerned about what the new year would bring. Here's a breakdown of what was good and challenging about the 2021 vintage:

THE GOOD NEWS

Timing of the Heatwave: Oregon experienced a record-setting heatwave in 2021, with Salem reaching a scorching 117 degrees in June. However, the silver lining was that this extreme heat occurred after flowering but before veraison, a critical stage in grape development. The young grapes were still small and hard green berries, making them more resilient to the heat. This timing allowed the vines to cope better with the high temperatures.

QUALITY EXPETATIONS

The overall sentiment among vintners was extremely positive. The vintage presented so little impact compared to the challenges of the previous year. The grapes seemed to have weathered the heatwave well, and many were optimistic about the quality of the fruit. And the wines are some of the best I’ve tasted over the past decade in Oregon. They do not have a lot of tannin structure, but will have the ability to age for a decade with proper cellaring.

CONCENTRATION POTENTIAL

The drought conditions and smaller berries resulting from the water shortage could potentially lead to more concentrated wines. In the world of winemaking, smaller berries can often translate to higher quality as they tend to produce wines with more depth and flavor.

SMOKE-FREE GRAPES

Unlike the previous year, the 2021 vintage was not marred by smoke. The absence of smoke-related issues was a relief for Oregon winemakers, as smoke-impacted grapes can be challenging to work with and may not yield premium wines.

CHALLENGES

Water Shortage: The persistent drought had an impact on wineries without sufficient access to irrigation. Certain areas received only a fraction of the expected water supply. This scarcity of water led to the development of notably petite berries, a factor that, while potentially advantageous for wine quality, underscored the significance of water resources in the winemaking process.
Reduced Volume: The lack of rainfall between May and early June contributed to a 20 percent decrease in volume across the board. While quality was praised, the lower yield will impact the volume and availability of Oregon wines for the 2021 vintage.

Unusual Weather Patterns: The June heatwave was unprecedented and not part of the norm for the region. While it didn't seem to cause immediate harm to the grapes, there were concerns about its potential impact on the chemistry of the fruit, which would only become apparent later. Luckily, the wines that I’ve tasted have been some of the highest-scoring wines yet from Oregon.

 

Jeremy Young
Senior Editor, Oregon


 

NICOLAS-JAY Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Temperance Hill Vineyard’ 2021
ROSE & ARROW Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Gathered Stones’ 2019
ARTIST BLOCK Chardonnay, Eola Amity Hills ‘Woo Juice’ 2021
ARTIST BLOCK Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ 2021
ARTIST BLOCK Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2021
AUBAINE Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Anahata Vineyard’ 2021
AYOUB Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2022
AYOUB Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2022
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘??? Vineyards’ 2022
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Anonimo’ 2022
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Estate Whole Cluster’ 2022
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Estate’ 2022
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Estate’ 2022
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills 2021
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2022
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Cattrall Brothers’ 2021
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Sunnyside Vineyard’ 2021
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton 2021
BIG TABLE FARM Rosé, Willamette Valley 2022
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Claudia’s Choice’ 2021
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Jessica’ 2021
BROADLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Marcile Lorraine’ 2021
BRYN MAWR Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Estate’ 2021
BRYN MAWR Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Estate’ 2021
BRYN MAWR Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Reserve’ 2021
BRYN MAWR Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2021
CRISTOM Pinot Noir, Eola Amity Hills ‘Mt. Jefferson Cuvee’ 2022
CRISTOM Viognier, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Louise Vineyard’ 2022
DOMAINE DIVIO Aligote, Willamette Valley 2022
DOMAINE DIVIO Pinot Beurot, Willamette Valley 2022
DOMAINE DIVIO Red Wine, Willamette Valley ‘Passetoutgrain’ 2022
DOMAINE DIVIO Rosé, Willamette Valley 2022
DOMAINE DIVIO Sparkling Wine, Willamette Valley ‘Vintage Brut Rose’ 2019
DOMAINE DROUHIN Chardonnay, Dundee Hills ‘Arthur’ 2022
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Dundee Hills ‘Clos du Soleil’ 2021
DOMAINE SERENE Sparkling Wine, Dundee Hills ‘Récolte Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs’ 2016
DOMAINE SERENE White Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Coeur Blanc’ 2021
DURANT VINEYARDS Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine, Dundee Hills 2018
DURANT VINEYARDS Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 'Southside' 2021
DURANT VINEYARDS Pinot Gris Dundee Hills 'Coyote' 2021
DURANT VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 'Bishop' 2021
ELK COVE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley ‘Estate’ 2022
ELK COVE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Reserve’ 2021
ELK COVE Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton ‘Goodrich’ 2021
ELK COVE Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton ‘Roosevelt’ 2021
ELK COVE Pinot Noir, Yamhill Cartlon ‘La Bohème’ 2021
ELK COVE Sparkling Wine, Yamhill Cartlon ‘La Bohème Brut Rosé’ 2018
ET FILLE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Gabriella’ 2021
ET FILLE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Kalita’ 2021
ET FILLE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Maresh’ 2021
EVENING LAND Chardonnay, Eola-Amity ‘Seven Springs’ 2021
EVENING LAND Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Seven Springs’ 2022
EVENING LAND Gamay Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Seven Springs’ 2022
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity ‘La Source’ 2019
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘La Source’ 2022
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Seven Springs’ 2022
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Summum’ 2022
INTO THE WOODS Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2021
LAVINEA Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Elton Vineyard’ 2021
LAVINEA Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Temperance Hill Vineyard’ 2021
LAVINEA Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2021
​LINGUA FRANCA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Petite Géant’ 2021
LINGUA FRANCA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Tongue ‘n Cheek’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ‘Oregon’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Koosah Vineyard’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Pearlstad Vineyard’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Chardonnay, McMinnville ‘Yamhill Valley Vineyard’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Gamay Noir, Tualatin Hills ‘Tualatin Hills Vineyard’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity ‘Jessie James Vineyard’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Pinot Noir, McMinnville ‘Hyland Vineyard’ 2021
MARTIN WOODS Riesling, McMinnville ‘Hyland Vineyard’ 2021
NICOLAS-JAY Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Nysa Vineyard’ 2021
NICOLAS-JAY Pinot Noir, McMinnville ‘Momtazi Vineyard’ 2021
NICOLAS-JAY Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Bishop Creek Vineyard’ 2021
PLANET OREGON Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2022
PONZI Chardonnay, Willamette Valley ‘Avellana’ 2021
PONZI Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains ‘Laurelwood District’ 2022
PONZI Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, ‘Reserve’ 2021
PONZI Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, ‘Holmes Hill Single Vineyard’ 2021
PONZI Pinot Noir, Laurelwood District ‘Abetina Single Vineyard’ 2021
PONZI Pinot Noir, Laurelwood District ‘Avellana Single Vineyard’ 2021
ROSE & ARROW Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains ‘Highland Close’ 2021
ROSE & ARROW Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains ‘Riverline’ 2021
ROSE & ARROW Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills ‘Lafayette Heights’ 2019
ROSE & ARROW Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills ‘Hopewell Hills’ 2019
SHEA Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Tina-Louise’ 2021
SHEA Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Homer’ 2021
SHEA WINE CELLARS Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Tina-Louise’ 2021
SHEA WINE CELLARS Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Homer’ 2021
SHEA WINE CELLARS Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Revel’ 2021
SOLENA Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2022
SOLENA Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2022
SOLENA Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Grand Cuvée’ 2022
SOTER Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Mineral Springs Ranch’ 2021
SOTER Sparkling Wine, Yamhill-Carlton ‘Mineral Springs Brut Rosé’ 2019
TRISTAETUM Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge ‘Ribbon Ridge Estate’ 2021
TRISTAETUM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Family Reserve’ 2021
WHITE ROSE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘The Convivial Feast’ 2022
WHITE ROSE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘The Neo-Classical Objective’ 2018
WHITE ROSE Syrah, The Rocks District ‘The Convivial Feast’ 2022

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