Accolades

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

 

Wine Region of the Year Home"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."

 

Matt 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 producers.

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 fast."

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 impressively high."

Robert Parker, 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."

2012 Wine Spectator Cover

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 greatness."

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