Tasting Report: Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012

A few months ago I got the chance to visit some of Oregon’s best wineries. Recently, they brought the wineries to me. In a presentation of several dozen of Willamette Valley’s most notable wine producers, “Pinot in the City” saw over 200 wines being poured for attendees hot for both Pinots — Noir and Gris.

Some of Oregon’s most cult-beloved wineries (like Beaux Freres) were in attendance, and I spent quite a while trying to suss out the best of the best. Thoughts follow.

Tasting Report: Oregon’s Willamette Valley – Pinot in the City, San Francisco, 2012

2010 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $32 / A- / pretty, fruit and flowers
2009 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Elizabeth’s Reserve / $55 / B+ / tighter, needs time
2010 Antica Terra Chardonnay Aurata / $75 / A / beautiful, lots of fruit and crisPinot Noiress
2010 Antica Terra Roussane Phantasi / $65 / B- / heavy fruit, licorice and anise notes
2010 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Antikythera / $100 / B+ / lots of terroir, deep Burgundian style
2010 Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir / $48 / A / fresh, fruit-forward
2010 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Arcus Estate / $100 / A- / more tobacco, leather notes, hearty
2010 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir / $50 / A / lovely, light sweetness
2010 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $50 / A / so much going on, lots of body
2010 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vineyard / $80 / A+ / amped up a tick, cocoa, herbs, gorgeous
2007 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Beaux Freres Vineyard / $100 / A / adds some mint to the mix
2009 Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir / $35 / A- / delicate, pretty fruit
2008 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir / $45 / A- / adds some spice
2010 Bethel Heights Estate Grown Pinot Noir / $35 / B / slightly thin
2009 Bethel Heights Casteel Reserve Pinot Noir / $60 / B+ / more here, some red plum notes
2011 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $20 / B+ / simply but likeable
2010 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate / $25 / C / some skunky character, green, thin finish
2010 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Claudia’s Choice / $50 / B+ / classic Pinot Noir style, spicy finish
2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Gris / $15 / B+ / verty tropical
2010 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $25 / B+ / heavy earth
2009 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Mountain Terroir / $45 / B / not loving the structure or finish
2010 Domaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay / $30 / A- / really bright, pretty
2010 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $40 / A- / smooth fruit, red berries
2009 Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot Noir Dundee Hills / $65 / B+ / tougher, edgier, some greener notes
2009 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $45 / A / lots of chocolate, raspberry tarts
2008 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $65 / A / tart, lots of depth and body
2011 Dominio IV Viognier / $22 / A- / milder, lots of fruit, easy, more acid
2010 Dominio IV Rain on Leaves Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $32 / B / a bit thin
2010 Dominio IV Willakia Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $38 / B+ / some blueberry, a bit of cherry
2009 Dukes Alyssa Pinot Noir / $48 / A- / balanced, good structure
2009 Dukes Charlotte Pinot Noir / $52 / A- / lots going on, with brambles, tomacco, dark fruit
2008 Dukes Alyssa Pinot Noir / $50 / B / some jamminess
2010 Evening Land Seven Springs Summum Chardonnay / $90 / B+ / chewy, buttery, wood, apple pie
2010 Evening Land Seven Springs Estate Pinot Noir / $40 / A- /
2010 Evening Land Seven Springs La Source Pinot Noir / $60 / A / great body and balance
2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Estate / $35 / C / very unripe, green with barnyard notes
2009 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Original Vines Reserve / $60 / B+ / much fuller, a better realization of Pinot Noir
2010 Hyland Estates Pinot Noir McMinnville / $35 / B+ / lots of depth, some earth, tart finish
2010 Hyland Estates Pinot Noir McMinnville Coury / $60 / A- / lush, slight jammy tinge on finish
2010 Lachini S Pinot Noir / $48 / B / slightly green, a touch bitter
2008 Lachini Cuvee Giselle Pinot Noir / $65 / B / similar, with dark chocolate on the finish
2010 Lachini La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast / $48 / B+ / a California comparative, showing better fruit
2010 Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir / $38 / B+ / simpler, slight sweetness
2010 Le Cadeau Rocheux Pinot Noir / $48 / A- / depth is here, chocolate, chewy
2008 Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot Noir / $48 / A- / some pepper notes, licorice, lots of layers
2011 Penner-Ash Viognier Oregon / $28 / B+ / classic Viognier profile, apricot heavy
2010 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $45 / A / classy fruit structure
2010 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Estate Dussin Vineyard / $60 / B+ / much bigger, some tannin
2011 Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette Valley / $17 / B / very sweet, almost Muscat like
2010 Ponzi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $35 / B+ / bigger earth, woody with a long finish
2009 Ponzi Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve / $60 / A- / lots of big strawberry here, long finish
2011 Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris Willamette Valley / $18 / A- / good acid, tropical notes
2010 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $24 / B+ / lots of earth, easy finish
2010 Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve / $38 / B+ / a bit jammier, lively
2010 Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Estate / $40 / A / very rich, SoCal style with lots of fruit
2010 Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Block 23 / $56 / A- / similar, a bit greener
2011 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Oregon / $42 / B+ / tight, very young
2009 Sineann Pinot Noir Oregon / $30 / A / fabulous wine, lovely with lots of body and fruit
2009 Sineann Pinot Noir McGinley’s Vineyard New Zealand / $30 / A- / a New Zealand comparitive, chocolate notes are strong
2009 Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Dundee Hills / $38 / A- / solid, chewy
2010 Tristaetum Coast Range Pinot Noir / $56 / B+ / mild nose, black fruit
2010 Tristaetum Estates Reserve Pinot Noir / $76 / A- / fuller, better balance
2010 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $30 / A- / easy style
2009 Van Duzer Homestead Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $50 / B+ / lots of briar notes on the nose, big cherry body
2009 White Rose Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $30 / A- / nice tartness, some raspberry
2010 White Rose Pinot Noir Willamette Valley / $30 / B+ / chewier
2009 White Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills / $45 / C+ / cheesy on the nose, funky
2010 White Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills / $45 / B- / similar, slightly better
2010 White Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills White Rose Vineyard / $70 / B / good body, but not balanced
2011 WillaKenzie Pinot Gris Estate / $21 / B+ / crisp, lemony
2010 WillaKenzie Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee / $30 / B+ / plenty of earth, and big fruit
2009 WillaKenzie Pinot Noir Pierre Leon / $42 / B+ / quite tart

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