Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65

The bountiful 2014 growing season in the Willamette Valley allowed Luisa Ponzi to double production of her family’s reserve Pinot Noir, and yet it merited our top rating for the second straight vintage. Her sources range from the north slope Chehalem Mountains estate sites of Abetina, Aurora and Madrona Vineyards…

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Stoller Family Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Dundee Hills, $25

Melissa Burr, who learned winemaking through Chemeketa College and Oregon State University, began working for Bill Stoller in 2003. During the past decade, she’s established a reputation as one of the Willamette Valley’s top rosé producers, and her latest and largest bottling also might be her most delicious. Welcoming aromas…

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Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2014 Clos Rogue Valley Reserve Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $50

Portland vintner Leah Jorgensen continues to grow her following by producing several expressions of Cabernet Franc from the Rogue Valley. Sundown Vineyard is a Salmon-Safe site planted in 1999 and managed by the Moore family of Quail Run Vineyards acclaim, and this collaboration leads to a showy Cab Franc. Sweet…

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

This vintage at the McMinnville, Ore., winery marked the 30th anniversary of the vineyard. Ariel Eberle’s Pinot Gris from the own-rooted Rainbow Block was taken Sept. 15 during the warmest growing season on record, she presents in an slightly off-dry style that’s ideal for the patio. Aromas of pear blossom,…

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Wine By Joe 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $14

Best Buy! One of Oregon’s most acclaimed winemakers, “Hollywood” Joe Dobbes, pulls largely from his 30-year-old Seabreeze Vineyard northwest of Salem for this bottling under his bargain Wine By Joe program. It’s a well-balanced, bright and flavorful Pinot Gris that opens with aromas of lemon meringue pie and melon that…

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Angel Vine 2015 The Cluster Fus, Columbia Valley, $28

Portland winemaker Ed Fus credits Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe fame in Washington for introducing him to Tedd Wildman of StoneTree Vineyard, and the relationship with the Wahluke Slope site has been critical to the rise of Angel Vine. His new proprietary The Cluster Fus (rhymes with cuss) blend could…

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Ponzi Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $22

Some of Oregon’s oldest vines — the Ponzi Estate Vineyard planted along the Chehalem Mountains norther foothills in 1970 – and high-elevation sites Dion and Merten come together for Luisa Ponzi’s graceful and bright rosé from Pinot Noir. A 24-hour maceration yielded the light cranberry color, which leads to enticing…

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Underwood 2016 Rosé, Oregon, $14

Best Buy! Willamette Valley winemaker JP Caldcleugh heads up one of the largest productions of rosé in the Pacific Northwest, and a sizable amount of the release by the prolific Union Wine Co., will be coming out in 375-milliliter cans. It’s more of a pink wine than rosé because Pinot…

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DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $37

Wine Press Northwest’s 2017 Oregon Winery of the Year affirmed its award this spring at the Cascadia Wine Competition with a double gold medal for its 2014 Pas de Chat Pinot Noir. A product of Brian Denner’s first vintage for DANCIN, this Pinot Noir is full and lush with flavors…

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Oregon’s Pinot Noir legacy

Rolling vineyards of Pinot Noir grapes cover much of the northern Willamette Valley, the heart of Oregon wine country. (photo by Andy Perdue/GreatNorthwest Wine) Oregon’s wine industry traces its lineage to the 1970s. The first pinot noir was planted in southern Oregon in 1961, and expanded into the Willamette Valley…

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