Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator, November 2014
"The 2012 and 2014 vintages in Oregon's Willamette Valley
saw exceptional sunshine, creating ripe-tasting, rich Pinot Noirs
that will be crowd-pleasers."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, October 2014
"... [Oregon's 2012s] have tremendous richness, suppleness
and presence without going over the top."
Christy Canterbury MW, A Tim Atkins MW Special Report, July
"… I believe Oregon will prove to be the best Pinot Noir terroir
in the US, especially where age-worthiness is taken into
Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth, August 2014
"It's a very exciting time to be a fan of Oregon's
Chardonnay. These are bright wines, transparent and driven by
terroir. It's a market segment that the new world has been lacking,
and Oregon is getting ready to make some big noise here. So get on
this boat before it leaves the dock."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, January 2014
"The interplay of vivid flavors against a razor-sharp,
mouthwatering balance has emerged as the signature style of Oregon
Chardonnay, while more and more versions hit the sweet spot of
vibrancy and character."
Eric Asimov, The New York Times, December 2013
"[…] sometimes a particular vintage stands out, either because
it is so unusual or because its character somehow impresses itself
indelibly on the wines. Such is the case with the 2011 pinot noirs
from Oregon. […] People like me who love pinot noirs of finesse and
restraint will adore the 2011 vintage. The best wines are clear,
focused and vivacious."
Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth, November 2013
"I can't think of another region that is producing
such a compelling collection of pure, vibrant, varietally correct
wines that excite the palate and please the pocketbook. Today we
are celebrating Oregon's diversity and its emergence in particular
as the country's top source for white wines, which given its cool
climate and the preference in many parts of the country for
freshness in their white wines, is not at all surprising. I know
that when I look for a domestic white wine, more often than not I
reach for something from Oregon."
Kramer, Wine Spectator, March 2013
"A Golden Age is now fully in force in the Côte d'Or. You should
be buying the village-level and less-expensive premiers
crus from these ever-more exacting and rigorous
Where else? While on the subject of Pinot Noir, I'd also look at
what's happening in three more zones now glowing golden: Oregon's
Willamette Valley, New Zealand's Central Otago and Australia's
cool-climate Mornington Peninsula.
All three satisfy the Golden Age prerequisites: an abundance of
adventurous producers, a willingness to pursue ever-more rigorous
grapegrowing and winemaking practices and, not least, a new level
of accomplishment that proves they're on the right track.
All three locales are today creating the finest wines they've
yet offered, Pinot Noirs that are not merely pat-on-the-head good,
but closer to Satchel Paige's famous admonition, "Don't look back.
Something might be gaining on you." All three are gaining mighty
Lettie Teague, The Wall Street Journal, March 2013
"..the Pinot Noirs that I tasted from some top producers ranged
from good to exceptionally good. The overall quality was
Robert M. Parker Jr., Food and Wine, February 2013
"Oregon is finally fulfilling its vast potential. Perhaps the
catalyst was the arrival of a dramatic number of outsiders, not
only from France, but from California and elsewhere, who purchased
land and planted Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other varietals. Oregon
does suffer from the same problem that many marginal climates do: a
challenging fall growing season, often plagued by descending
low-pressure rain systems from Alaska and Canada. However, as I
write this article, 2012 promises to be one of the state's
all-time-great vintages, making up for a bizarre and so-so year in
2011. Oregon has come of age, something that is also reflected in
the numerous articles about this idyllic region, which has not yet
been spoiled by tourism, high-rise hotels, casinos, art galleries
or modern, garish wineries."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, December 2012
"What makes the wines so good? Start with the vines which seem
to like Oregon's combination of soils and climate. Growers
and winemakers have climbed a steep learning curve, largely while
sharing their expertise with one another. They learned how to coax
the character and personality from grapes capable of