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

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

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

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

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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Aubichon Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $35

Jim Sanders’ work with Burgundy varieties in the Willamette Valley continues to impress, and this reserve approach with a single-vineyard Chardonnay from the Chehalem Mountains provides skilful balance. He opted for 16 months of barrel aging in predominantly neutral oak, which allows for a golden color with aromas of light…

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Delfino Vineyards 2014 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $26

Jim and Terri Delfino farm their vineyard a short drive from famed Tempranillo producer Abacela, and this is another example of how the delicious Iberian variety has found a home in Southern Oregon. They’ve partnered with winemaker Denise Aaron on this rather hedonistic Temp built upon the shoulders of an…

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Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2012 Lauréne Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $70

Véronique Drouhin-Boss named the flagship wine for her family’s Oregon property after daughter Lauréne, and the behind-the-scenes work by Arron Bell produced this stunning example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from a classic vintage. They completed harvest on Oct. 18, then held fast to the DDO tradition of less than…

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Hinman Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15

Best Buy! Doyle Hinman launched this Eugene winery in 1979, and second-generation vintner Liz Chambers continues to honor his legacy with this expressive and consumer-minded Pinot Noir from a vintage that allowed her to increase production by nearly 50 percent from the 2013 edition. Aromas of Dr Pepper, raspberry, saddle…

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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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