Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, $22

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McMinnville’s oldest winery and winemaker Stephen Cary view Pinot Blanc as their favorite white wine to craft, this release exemplifies their well-placed passion for this often-unappreciated Burgundy grape. The cooling influence of the Van Duzer Corridor effect across Yamhill Valley Vineyard’s Casa and Mainfield blocks allows Cary to capture the…

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Seven of Hearts 2015 Tualatin Estates Riesling, Willamette Valley, $21

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Grower/winemaker Byron Dooley shows a special passion and interest for Riesling in Oregon that’s played out in his pursuit old vines of this noble grape. In 2014, he worked with 32-year-old vines at Vigna Giovannia Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Here, he dives deeper with 43-year-old plants at Tualatin Estate Vineyard…

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Luminous Hills 2015 Aura Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $28

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Seven of Hearts winemaker Byron Dooley stays close to home with his Luminous Hills brand, a lineup that spotlights his estate 12-acre vineyard northwest of McMinnville, Ore. This three-barrel lot from his L.I.V.E.-certified and Salmon Safe site spent eight months in neutral French oak and emerged bone-dry and fruity with…

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Seven of Hearts 2014 Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $35

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Few winemakers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley explore as many growing regions, vineyards and varieties at Byron Dooley from his McMinnville facility. He’s focused on the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area for his own Luminous Hills Vineyard and label, but here he pulls from Armstrong Vineyard in the Northwest’s smallest AVA —…

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

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In the spring of 2014, the Campbell family grabbed Goodrich Vineyard near Yamhill, Ore. A few months later, Elk Cove winemaker Adam Campbell confirmed that the 69-acre, former Premier Pacific Vineyards holding was worthy of a single-vineyard bottling. There’s sweetness to the nose that’s akin to Hawaiian Fruit Punch as…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19

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Year after year, one of Oregon’s largest productions of Pinot Gris also ranks among the best in the Pacific Northwest – thanks to the long-range devotion of the Campbell family and second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell. Some of their vines stem back to 1985, and the 50 acres established within Mount…

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Henry Estate Winery 2015 Müller-Thurgau, Umpqua Valley, $15

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Best Buy! The Henry family continues to produce one of the most consistently delicious examples of Müller-Thurgau grown in the Pacific Northwest. Their work in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley allows them to hang 6 tons per acre and pick it well below 24 Brix, allowing them to develop aromas of…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60

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Adam Campbell and his parents have experienced a number of classic vintages for Oregon Pinot Noir, and they view the early quality of 2014 alongside those from 1988 and 2002. Adam and his wife, Carrie, went in as partners with his folks when they purchased Mount Richmond Vineyard in 1996,…

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Seven of Hearts 2014 Vigna Giovanni Vineyard Riesling, Yamhill-Carlton, $21

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Willamette Valley winemaker Byron Dooley takes a complex approach to this age-worthy Riesling, starting with Vigna Giovanni Vineyard – a site southeast of the town of Yamhill and established in 1983. His use of 60% neutral French barrels for the Oct. 11 harvest helps create aromas of baked apple and…

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Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Clay Court Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $60

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Second-generation winemaker Adam Campbell continues to enjoy watching the maturation of this 15-acre vineyard adjacent to his tennis-playing parents home on Parrett Mountain. This vintage marks the 13th vintage for Clay Court, and the abundantly superb 2014 growing season allowed the Campbells to more than double production from the prior…

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