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."
"Quite possibly this has the largest production of any single Oregon Pinot Noir, which makes the quality even more impressive. A bit in the vein of a Beaujolais, this offers Gamay-like flavors of red berry and wild cherry. It's broadly fruity and forward on the palate, with zippy acidity that punches through the finish."
"Wine Enthusiast Best Buy- Intensely aromatic and flavorful blend of white varietals that create a wine with depth of interest and versatility in pairing. Spicy and floral on the nose, this wine is lush and tropical on the palate, with a soft and round sweetness that is tempered by a burst of citrus, leaving the finish clean and crisp."
"This blend is complex, big, juicy and nothing short of exquisite with Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Syrah and a splash of Evolution Lucky No. 9. It's a friend to grilled meats, Italian red sauce dishes, pizza and even a fine ratatouille."
"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."
"An earthy nose of red plum and rose mingles with hints of wild mushroom and game. Gentle cherry and cranberry fruit underlie flavors of smoke, pine and earth."
"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."
"94 Points Wine Enthusiast From 20-year-old, Dijon clone estate vines, this substantial, tongue-gripping Chardonnay has intense depth of flavor. A luscious mix of grapefruit, apple, melon, spice and mineral elements, it drives down through the palate and never quits."