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Tasted July 24, 2019 by NickA with 79 views

Introduction

Wine Pages get-together to try out a variety of Oregon wines

Flight 1 - Aperitif (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2010 Johan Vineyards Method Champenoise Brut Nature USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
89 points
Mmm - tasty. Pleasant mousse, rich, slightly sweet (although apparently zero dosage - ripe fruit?), a little oxidative. Seemed to divide opinion, but I'd happily drink this again.

Flight 2 - Mixed whites (3 notes)

White
2016 Morgen Long Chardonnay Yamhill Vineyards USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton
89 points
This really benefited from not being too cold, and from aeration, as at first it was very dumb and underwhelming. Eventually some oak, lemon and cream came through, and with further development the woodiness became increasingly exotic and intoxicating. That said, I found that this wine fell between the two stools of richness and precision, and ultimately didn't win me over.
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White
2015 Brick House Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
87 points
Clean lactic nose, with some floral influence. Slightly green on the palate. Didn't make a huge impression.
White
2016 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
87 points
Complex, but not that pleasurable: bitter, tangy, honey, smoke, gooseberry, flowers, some exotic fruit coming through with time, yet very dry. Glad I tried this, but not hankering for a second glass.

Flight 3 - Pinot (2 notes)

Red
2010 Torii Mor Pinot Noir Oregon USA, Oregon
89 points
High-toned, smoky nose reminds me of a trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre in the early 1990s. A bit 'dirty', but also floral. More like Nebbiolo than Pinot Noir. Interesting!
Red
2013 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
91 points
A nice balance - gamey but fresh, tangy and tasty, some blackcurrant and cherry fruit, not obviously NW in style.

Flight 4 - More Pinot (2 notes)

Red
2014 Brick House Pinot Noir Evelyn's USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge
86 points
Oh dear. Very sweet, with hints of coffee - the bad side of NW Pinot. Cherry drops and confection. Not badly made, but lacks finesse and savour.
Red
2010 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
89 points
Exotic, smokey and bitter, with rosehip, violet and fruit tea. Powdery and old-school, but no lack of richness. Enjoyed by all tonight.
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Flight 5 - Mature Pinot (2 notes)

Red
2004 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
Nose of old cheese burned off to reveal a typical mature Pinot. Palate was rich and jammy with brambly fruit - high-toned and tasty.
Red
1986 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Still fresh (or, at least, acidic) after all these years. Quite a musty nose at first, but ultimately aromatic and exotic. Well-balanced and demanding to be drunk.

Flight 6 - Bonus! (1 note)

Red
2011 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
90 points
Really nice balance between fruit and secondary flavours. A pleasant richness. At its sweet spot?

Closing

A funny one - no bad wines, and no bad bottles either, but nothing really stood out either. Given these wines are not cheap, consensus was that we will continue to buy Burgundy - but want to test the Oregon Pinots against equivalent Burgs, too!

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