Posts Tagged Willamette Valley

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

In the glass, a shimmering, translucent ruby red color. Scents of clove spice, roast coffee, and perfumed dark flowers intermingle with fleshy plum, sharp pomegranate, and red berry fruit. It is supple upon first sip, showing youthful, earthy... Read more

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of Terroir and Noir

By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to... Read more

2012 La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

La Crema has built its reputation on exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from California’s cool-climate viticultural areas. Now, it has added an Oregon Pinot Noir to its portfolio, and the 2012 Willamette Valley bottling will do nothing... Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Roserock Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Nearly transparent neon coral in color, this Oregon beauty exudes aromas of bright red cherry, high-toned field mint, strawberry, sandalwood and vanilla. Quite tart on the palate, the mouthfeel is light and feminine, picking up some fine-grained... Read more

2009 Sass Winery Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Sass Winery is an especially small producer that aims to manufacture wines "that are complex, elegant and balanced, wines that eloquently reflect the terroir of the individual vineyards." So much for original messaging, but will the wine itself... Read more

2005 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

This wine sports a seductive nose of sweet red cherry fruit and light woodspice shadings. It is fleshy in the mouth, with a nose of citrus zest. This is a softer, easily accessible style that is sure to be a hit with the wine-drinking... Read more

2006 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Rosé, Willamette Valley

Light salmon in color, this wine has a delicate nose of crisp apple, grapefruit, and red fruits. In the mouth, it is sleek and well-balanced, finishing fully dry. This would be an excellent aperitif for the warm summer months. MSRP: $15 (April... Read more

2006 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

This wine sports an inviting nose of ripe apples, flowers, a whiff of citrus honey, and minerals. It is full in the mouth, with bright acidity and a juicy, sweet/tart fruit impression. It finishes clean. MSRP: $16 (April 2007) Wine Lines... Read more

Archery Summit ‘Veriton,’ Willamette Valley, Oregon

Full-bodied and minerally, with honeysuckle nuances. Mostly Pinot Gris, with some Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. MSRP: N/A (December 1997) Wine Lines rating:... Read more