Spangler Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Southern Oregon, $27

When Ohio native Pat Spangler purchased the La Garza property in Oregon’s southern Umpqua Valley, it came with some of the region’s oldest plantings of Cab. On the eastern slopes of his property is Sage Hill, and he dotes on the wind-blown Syrah near the top of his estate. That…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2015 Clay Court Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $60

When this young 15-acre Pinot Noir project devoted to Pommard, Dijon 115 and 777 clones became available in 2009, the Campbell family jumped at it. And it’s become a smashing success – not only for winemaking son, Adam, but also for his tennis-loving parents. A product of a record-hot vintage…

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Abacela 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $33

As the maturity of the Fault Line Vineyards settles in, Abacela’s amigos benefit. Founding winemaker Earl Jones describes Tempranillo as akin to a Cabernet Sauvignon in its youth, and here are classic notes of Bing cherry, pomegranate and cherry pipe tobacco with the variety’s magisterial tannins. While it spent less…

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Winter’s Hill Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $39

The Gladhart family established its vineyard in 1991, and their immediate neighbors along the upper reaches of this southernmost portion of the Dundee Hills include the likes of Domaine Serene and Stoller. A smooth growing season across their Salmon Safe site at 730 feet elevation paved the way for this…

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Leah Jørgensen Cellars 2013 Mae’s Vineyard Grand Reserve Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley, $75

A product of Virginia, Leah Jorgensen was selling Loire Valley wines to restaurants and embassies in Washington, D.C., but an invite to Oregon Pinot Camp in 2004 changed her life. By 2011, she’d launched Leah Jorgensen Cellars. Mae’s Vineyard, owned and farmed organically near Jacksonville, Ore., by the Quady family,…

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Spindrift Cellars 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

A couple of older Willamette Valley sites established in 1978 – Woodhall and Mary’s Peak vineyards – were blended with significantly younger Deerhaven Vineyard (1997) for an expressive dry-farmed Pinot Noir. All three lots spent a year by themselves in French barrels, presenting an aromatic theme of toasty oak, grilled…

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Winter’s Hill Winery 2015 Reserve Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills, $29

The Gladhart family’s 35-acre pocket in the higher elevations of the Dundee Hills seems to suit grapes native to Burgundy, and understated Pinot Blanc does deliciously well here. In the warm vintage of 2015, these berries were harvested Oct. 3, and a percentage of the pressed wine made it into…

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Winter’s Hill Winery 2014 Block 9-Corner Estate Single Block Series Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $49

Russell Gladhart and his family’s historic farm in the Dundee Hills were a featured attraction during the 2017 International Pinot Noir Conference, and this two-barrel production from Block 9 is a blend of Dijon 114, 115, Pommard and Wädenswil. The harvest of Sept. 14 yields the light and lively style…

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Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Aspen Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $40

The Aspen Block at Wayne Bailey’s estate near McMinnville, Ore., dates to 2006, but the 2015 vintage marks the first time that the family has bottled a Chardonnay from its collection of Dijon clones 75 and 95 with another French clone 548. It could be the 548 that presents the…

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Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $45

Steve Lutz pays tribute to his late father-in-law, Lenny, an English farmer who served as inspiration to plant this steep, 21-acre property near the town of Yamhill, Ore. (Lenny’s profile also appears on the label.) The flagship Pinot Noir for Lenné Estate is a product of the most fruitful vintage…

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