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The modern era of Oregon winegrowing began only in the 1960s, first in the Umpqua Valley, then later in what was to be of greatest importance, just north in the Willamette Valley. Today, Oregon (in particular, the Willamette Valley) is rightly regarded as producing fine Pinot Noir wines at the very highest levels of quality in the USA. And, then, there are its superb Pinots Gris, and the burgeoning quality of its Chardonnay and Riesling wines.

 
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2010 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Vivid red. Cherry, bitter chocolate and subtle floral and smoky nuances on the nose. Supple, gently sweet dark berry flavors become more tangy with air and pick up a peppery nuance. Shows good weight and power for an entry-level wine from the vintage, finishing smooth and subtly smoky, with a lingering note of bitter cherry. Rated 89. ‑ Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar July/August 2013
$35.00 the bottle  $178.50 the case of six

2011 Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir
Dark red. Fresh raspberry, spicecake and rose oil on the fragrant nose. Silky, smoky and appealingly fruit-forward, offering lively red berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Shows very good energy and persistence on the finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a touch of medicinal bitterness. Rated 90. ‑ Josh Raynolds, Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar July/August 2013
$28.75 the bottle  $293.28 the case


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