Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30


The flagship Pinot Noir bottling by Tony Rynders for Oregon’s rejuvenated Panther Creek brand encompasses four growing regions and six vineyards, including the large Wildewood and Loubejac plantings influenced by the Van Duzer Corridor near Monmouth. There’s a slightly hedonistic approach to this darker Pinot Noir, starting with aromas of…

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Dobbes Family Estate 2015 Sundown Vineyard Viognier, Rogue Valley, $26


Dundee, Ore., winemaker Joe Dobbes can be viewed as the state’s pioneer with Viognier. It’s a love affair inspired by a 1989 dining experience in Lyon, and it blossomed a few years later with Southern Oregon growers Don and Traute Moore on behalf of Willamette Valley Vineyards’ Griffin Creek brand.…

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Silvan Ridge Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16


Argentine winemaker Juan Pablo Valot creates the Pinot Gris for this historic Eugene property in a crisp Oregon style that’s far from tropical. In fact, it’s a bone-dry Pinot Gris for Sauvignon Blanc lovers with the focus on gooseberry, lime and lemon with minerality and scintillating acidity that screams for…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Schindler Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $50


Tony Rynders put Domaine Serene on the international map during the 2000s, and he’s quickly re-established Panther Creek Cellars as one of the Willamette Valley’s most delicious brands. A longtime friend of Ken Wright, who created Panther Creek in the 1980s, the University of California-Davis grad works with 18-acre Schindler…

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Panther Creek Cellars 2014 French Creek Valley Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $35


Washington viticulturist Damon Lalonde presented some of the state’s oldest Chardonnay to winemaker Tony Rynders, who shines with these Wente clone vines established near Prosser in 1981. Once in the Willamette Valley, Rynders devoted 16 months to a barrel program of 28% new French oak. That helps give it a…

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Zena Crown Vineyard 2013 Σ The Sum Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $75


The first commercial vintage for Jackson Family Wines after its purchase of Zena Crown Vineyard west of Salem, Ore., is a collaboration of winemakers Tony Rynders and Shane Moore, and they use the sigma sign to designate mathematical symbol of “the sum.” Indeed, this is deep dark red fruited Pinot…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 La Bohème Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60


Perhaps no vineyard in the Elk Cove portfolio serves as a better example of the quality and bounty of the 2014 vintage than La Bohème. The site was established in 1985 with cuttings from top-performing Pommard vines across the original estate vineyard that’s just east of the Campbell family’s tasting…

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Fullerton Wines 2014 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $55


Moe Momtazi purchased his 540 acres in the McMinnville American Viticultural Area back in 1997, and the abandoned wheat ranch soon became one of the most important biodynamic vineyards in the Pacific Northwest wine industry. Alex Fullerton’s work with these 16 barrels — two of which were brand new French…

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La Crema 2014 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, $30


Jackson Family Wines invested in the Willamette Valley to create cool-climate Pinot Noir, and here’s another delicious example from a warm vintage in the Pacific Northwest. Elizabeth Grant-Douglas collaborated with eight vineyards, primarily in the Yamhill-Carlton and Eola-Amity Hills growing regions for this deliciously balanced, fruit-forward Pinot Noir. Her reliance…

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Stoller Family Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $25


Land for the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills has been Bill Stoller’s family since 1943, and the successful tandem of winemaker Melissa Burr and viticulturist Robert Schultz has helped pave the way for the remarkable fruit-forward production of estate Chardonnay to triple from the 2014 — without losing…

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