Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Smaragd Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $32

A motorcycle trip through the Alps inspired Stephen Reustle to make this Austrian variety his signature grape, and the self-taught Southern Oregon winemaker pioneered its production in the U.S. with the 2005 vintage. His plantings began in 2003, and they now span 5 acres across his two vineyards – Romancing…

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RMS 2013 Brut, Willamette Valley, $65

Texan A&M product Rollin Michael Soles, the Pacific Northwest pioneer for sparkling wine as founding winemaker at Argyle in 1987, debuts his bubble program as part of the ROCO Winery brand he launched in 2001 with his wife, Corby. It’s not coincidence that this vintage coincides with the establishment of…

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Joleté Wines 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

West Coast winemaker Jim Sanders, known in Oregon primarily for his work under the Le Cadeau Vineyard brand and his Aubichon Cellars label, creates a variety of reds and aromatic whites from California and the Willamette Valley under the Joleté label. His latest Pinot Gris is off Olenik Vineyard in…

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Rainstorm 2015 Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon, $17

One of Oregon’s largest productions of Pinot Noir rosé continues to expand as the price remains in the teens. Its lighter pink color leads to aromas of Rainier cherry and Cling peach with strawberry rhubarb pie and vanilla. There’s virtually no sweetness to the palate, which brings dusty cherry, white…

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Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Echo West Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Vineyards planted outside the tiny Eastern Oregon town of Echo provided the grapes for Hood River winemaker Rich Cushman’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon on behalf of the Bickford family. Sited above the Umatilla River, Echo West Vineyard falls into the Columbia Valley AVA, which may be confusing to wine lovers on…

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Spangler Vineyards 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon, $39

Patrick Spangler, owner of this popular Roseburg, Ore., winery, labeled his 2013 Reserve as simply Oregon, but there’s nothing simple about the results. This wine has aromas of vanilla and red currant, then flavors of red and black currants and finishes with brisk tannins and a nip of licorice. This…

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Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $29

Last fall, Stephen Reustle received the Six Nations Wine Challenge award in Australia for best Syrah and he remains on the mark with this reserve bottling, one of the four expressions of this Rhône variety that he grows near Roseburg, Ore. (The invite-only judging Down Under gave best of class…

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22

Stephen Cary continues to produce superb work with the flagship wine for Yamhill Valley Vineyards, the oldest winery in the McMinnville American Viticultural Area. Selections from Sept. 23 through Oct. 14 were made at 24. 9 Brix, and the vintage allowed for him to hang 3.2 tons per acre. In…

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TeSòAria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Oregon, $35

Vegan vintner John Olson bought this Roseburg, Ore., winery in 2008 and opened a Portland tasting room five years later. He crafts a wide variety of wines, and this Sauvignon Blanc is one of his best. Aromas of grass, green herbs and muskiness lead to flavors of crisp Granny Smith…

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Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $48

Columbia Gorge vintner Robb Bell continues his string of success with this Italian red as his latest vintage seems on par with 2012 and 2013 bottlings that earned gold medals at competitions along the West Coast. The brooding nose of dark plum, black figs and macerated cherry includes a touch…

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