Oregon is perhaps most famous because of the Willamette Valley, which features Pinot Noir. While Willamette is dominated by Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay; Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer and Riesling are also found there. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will continue to remain the region's most widely planted grapes, as Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc ripen too late to be viable. Pinot Noir from Oregon is often extremely aromatic, evoking not only cherries and other berries, but often scents of mushroom, earth, forest floor, vanilla and sandalwood. Though there are many fine examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in Oregon, Pinot Noir remains the elegant king.
"The price of this all-occasion white wine keeps creeping up, but the quality stays high, even as production levels push toward six figures. It's lightly spritzy, pale lemon in color, and tastes remarkably like grapefruit, with a gentle dusting of sugar. As fresh as can be, it should be drunk slightly chilled, paired with something like chicken breasts in a citrus sauce.."
"This wine has aromas of white flowers, tangerine, lime, quince, wet stone and minerals that develop further into nutmeg, honey, green apple with hints of ginger. Mid-palate carries on with flavors that mirror and amplify the aromatics. Finish is long, clean, crisp and juicy with flavors of honeysuckle, citrus and wet stone. This wine exemplifies classic Oregon steely Chardonnay - bright, tangy and intense."
"Deep purple-violet color unveils a pleasing nose of cherry vanilla cola, blackberry liqueur, teriyaki and a hint of sweet bourbon barrel. Dense flavors of dried blueberry, tart blackberry and dark chocolate are evident in the forefront. Our full bodied, rich Petite Sirah finishes with layered notes of Italian roast coffee, cocoa nibs and roasted fig."
"The Joel Gott Unoaked California Chardonnay has aromas of ripe pear and honeydew melon with floral notes. On the palate, the wine opens with bright citrus and tropical flavors, leading to a round mouthfeel balanced by good acidity, and a long finish."
"Luscious and fruit-forward, aromas of ripe pear, key lime, fragrant gardenia and a hint of golden fig offer an enticing sensory experience. Cantaloupe, pineapple, kumquat and honey embrace the palate in soft silkiness, melding into a lengthy, satisfying finish."
"The color is bright garnet with ruby tint clarity and brilliance. Presents bing cherry, raspberry, confectionary strawberry on the nose, followed by slight floral, spice, and currant. Plum, bing cherry, and currants make an elegant entry, with light hints of vanilla, black pepper, oak, and caramel supported by firm tannins midway. Soft, lingering finish."
"This wine offers a sweet aroma of mixed flowers, baked apples and notes of mint. Rich, sweet flavors are followed by a mineral note from the mild acidity. Baked apples and floral notes add to the finish, filled with spice and a salty-mineral note. The wine texture is sweet at first, and then turns more austere in the aftertaste. The finish is rich and long with lasting mineral and baked apple notes. This Pinot Blanc will be great as an aperitif or a companion to shellfish."
"91 Points- Wine Enthusiast. Opens up into a supple, buttery wine. It's rich with flavors of pineapple, baked apple, sweet spices and a hint of mint. Polished and sophisticated, it generously rewards your attention with plenty of delicious details."
"90 Points- Wine Spectator. Smooth, ripe and generous with its cherry and orange peel flavors, lingering expressively on the polished, slightly hot finish. Will age well."