Treos Wines 2013 Estate Pinot Noir Elegant Reserve, Willamette Valley, $35

Polk County winemaker Dave Jepson pulls from his group’s well-tended vineyard north of Corvallis, Ore., and his collection of Dijon clone Pinot Noir stands just east of the acclaimed 200-acre Domaine Loubejac planting. Jepson’s melange of five clones, cropped at less than 1-ton per acre, are influenced by a blend…

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Abacela 2014 Fiesta Estate Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $23

The Pacific Northwest’s growing thirst for Tempranillo might be most evident with Abacela’s Fiesta project. Production for their most approachable example of this robust Spanish grape from the 2014 vintage marks a 40 percent increase from the prior harvest. Seven separate picks from across the Jones family’s Fault Line Vineyards…

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Le Cadeau Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $38

Tom Mortimer’s vines on the southern edge of Parrett Mountain have entered their third decade of life, and this bottling represents a blend through the 16-acre vineyard which he found thanks to Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Wines fame. The nose shows the ripeness of the historically hot 2015 vintage, offering…

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Winter’s Hill Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, $19

Russell Gladhart’s second vintage as the winemaker after taking over for his wife, Delphine, and Pinot Gris from this record-warm vintage began to be harvested Sept. 26 from the family’s certified L.I.V.E. estate in the middle of the Dundee Hills. There’s neither oak nor malolactic fermentation involved in this bottling,…

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Ghost Hill Cellars 2013 Bayliss-Bower Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $42

The Bayliss family established their vineyard near Carlton, Ore., in 1999, but the land near Abbey Road has been a part of its bloodlines for more than a century. Their largest production of Pinot Noir is this four-clone blend, and they stick with their traditional percentages of Pommard (45%), 777…

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Vidon Vineyard 2013 Hans Clone Pommard Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

Vicki and Don Hagge began to lay out Vidon (VEE-Dohn) Vineyard in 1999, and they’ve achieved L.I.V.E. status as a certified sustainable site near Newberg, Ore. Don’s work with Pommard in his Hans Block, planted within the elevation range of 400-500 feet, shows the dark and ripe tones one expects…

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Silvan Ridge Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $26

Argentine winemaker Juan Pablo Valot worked at acclaimed Pinot Noir producers such as Dobbes Family Estate, Soter Vineyard and Willamette Valley Vineyards, and that experience shows in the flagship wine for this historic brand in the south Willamette Valley. There’s a Burgundian theme with its notes of light cherry, cassis,…

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Winter’s Hill 2015 Estate Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills, $19

The Gladhart family devotes 2 of their 35 acres to Pinot Blanc, a white grape from Burgundy that thrives in cooler conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Whole-cluster fermentation in stainless steel helps explain the phenomenally floral aromas of piña colada and peach fuzz backed by tangerine, grapefruit and Rose’s Lime…

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Lujon Wine Cellars 2014 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $30

John Derthick is among the growing community of boutique winemakers in Oregon who reach into Washington’s Yakima and Walla Walla valleys to offer their customers bigger Bordeaux reds alongside their Burgundy-influenced wines. Here, the Carlton vintners pulled Malbec from Birch Creek Vineyard near the Walla Walla Valley town of Milton,…

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Abacela 2014 Barrel Select Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29

In recent years, Andrew Wenzl’s work with Grenache has earned considerable praise — whether it be his stunning rosé or the Barrel Select program. The transition from vineyard to cellar in 2014 began Oct. 7 at the ripeness level of 25 Brix, which seems to be customary for standalone bottlings…

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