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.
"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."
"There is no wood barrel involved, but there are oak influences with aromas and flavors of chocolate, toast and toffee running through blackberry and plum. Raspberry acidity, pomegranate tartness lead into a lick of strawberry candy and sip of coffee."
"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 815 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice. The wine opens with dark, concentrated fruit flavors, followed by firm tannins on the midpalate, and a long finish."
"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."
"California Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus aromas complemented by tropical notes. Refreshing flavors of melon lead to juicy Meyer lemon zest flavors on the mid palate, and a long, clean, and balanced finish."
"The 2012 California Zinfandel has aromas of roasted plum and blackberry jam with hints of sweet spices. On the palate, the wine's bright red fruit flavors and acidity are complemented by a soft, round mouth feel and a long finish."
"Strawberry raspberry jam - a powerful fruity nose with a hint of violet. The brightness shows upfront the vivacity of the fruit with layers of black and red cherry. The structure is round with just enough tannin characteristic to age very well with a light creamy coffee roast 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."