Top Ten Oregon Pinot Noirs - 2016
2020 Sineann Pinot Noir Yates Conwill Vineyard, USA, Oregon, Yamhill-Carlton, Wine Review
Another in a line of Excellent Pinot Noirs from this producer. Stylistically, these tend to be big for Oregon, but would be on the smaller size for California (if that make sense). Garnet in color with some purple hues, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, sour cherries, hay and slight earthiness. Light tannins. Great balance. On the palate, lots of sour cherries with some cherries with underlying char and a hint of earthiness. Long finish. This is, of course, very young but already drinking well. It would be better to cellar for ten years, and then drink over the next f
2021 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon, Wine Review
Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is light with cherry juice, slight rhubarb and slighter sour cherries. Light to medium bodied. No tannins. On the palate, light red fruit. Easy. Moderate finish. This is drinking well and should be drunk over the next couple of years. It will work better but needs lighter foods.
2019 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Laurelwood District, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review
Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. Black cherries, some cassis, a bit of black pepper, and a dried floral note. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. Nice mouthfeel. On the palate, black cherries and cherries with spice and a slight earthiness. Moderate acidity. Nice finish. This is drinking well and should continue for another seven to ten years. Nice on its own, this also works well with food. Chicken paprikash would be a good match.
2021 Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review
Nice to revisit this wine, it has been a long time since trying any vintage. Light golden in color with just a touch of green and also copper hues. Clear and bright. The nose has peach, honeydew melon and slight spice. Medium bodied. Slightly viscous. On the palate, the honey dew comes out with just a bit of sweetness and some underlying tea leaves. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is drinking well and should continue to do so for another three to five years. It will work with lighter foods and also worked nicely with assorted Chinese foods.
Argyle 2018 Vintage Brut Sparkling Wine
Founded in 1987, Argyle has always considered sparkling wine to be one of their mainstays. With a mild carbonation and light fresh flavors, not to mention a good price tag, this is an easy decision for your sparkling needs. Light notes of lemon, quince, green apple, just-baked sourdough, a touch of lime zest and tangerine peel make this a delightful wine. Comprised of 52% Chardonnay and 43% Pinot Noir, a little Pinot Meunier rounds it out. Aged in stainless steel with just 20% in neutral oak allows the bright expressive flavors to come through while allowing for a nice bit of mouth feel.
2008 Hamacher Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, USA, Oregon, Wine Review
A lot of people will tell you that Oregon Pinot's do not age well. Nonsense. At age 14, this is still young and vibrant. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a bit of VA which mostly blows off leaving fresh cherries, slight cranberries, and slight woody notes. Full bodied. On the palate, bright black cherries, cherries and slight spice. Tight complexity. Long finish. This should continue to mature and drink well for another ten to fifteen years. Excellent on its own, this would work better with food. Roasted chicken is a nice choice.
Siduri 2020 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
One of the things that distinguishes Oregon Pinot Noir from much of California is there is an earthiness that California does not possess. This 2020 certainly offers bright and expressive Pinot fruit – strawberry, Bing cherry, red raspberry, along with pomegranate and cola notes, but also an earthiness similar to mild mushroom. The acidity is in check, the fruit and oak nicely balanced, and you’re left with a solid wine that reflects its place of origin.
Momokawa Organic Creamy Nigori, United States, Oregon, Sake Review
58% Polishing ratio. 16%ABV. Light green/gold in color. The nose has a bit of coconut with pineapple and honeydew. On the palate, banana with some pineapple. Clean finish. This is made in Oregon (it is Vegan Freidnly, Gluten Free and Kosher).