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Portland Monthly: Oregon’s 50 Best Wines


In the September 2011 issue of Portland Monthly, “Oregon’s 50 Best Wines” was featured. The results were compiled by a distinguished tasting panel who sampled blind a broad range of Oregon wines (103 producers). Every one of the wines in the top 35 were Pinot Noir. The top 10 results and scores (wines reviewed in the PinotFile are noted by *):



1. 2008 Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir $85, 96 *

2. 2008 Utopia Vineyard Utopia Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir $38, 95

3. 2008 1789 Wines Single Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir $48, 94

4. 2008 Daedalus Cellars Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $60, 94 *

5. 2009 Andrew Rich Prelude Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $22, 94 *

6. 2009 Broadley Vineyards Claudia’s Choice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $50, 93

7. 2008 ROCO Winery Private Stash #6 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir $70, 93 *

8. 2008 Thistle Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $28, 93

9. 2009 Rex Hill Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $33, 92

10. 2009 Bergström Wines De Lancellotti Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir $60, 92



In the September 2012 issue of Portland Monthly, “Oregon’s 50 Best Wines” was again featured. The tasting panel blind tasted 578 bottles from 175 wineries. More than half of the wines in the top 50 were priced less than $30, including three in the top 10. The top 10 wines, all Pinot Noir, are listed below with scores (wines reviewed in the PinotFile are noted by *):

1. 2010 White Rose Estate Appellation Series Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $45, 98

2. 2010 White Rose Estate White Rose Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $70, 98

3. 2010 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $27, 97

4. 2010 St. Innocent Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir $36, 97 *

5. 2009 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $45, 95

6. 2009 Atticus Wine Atticus Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir $42, 95

7. 2010 Walter Scott Holstein Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $38, 95

8. 2009 Apolloni Vineyards Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $26, 94

9. 2009 Tyee Wine Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $24, 94 *

10. 2010 Evesham Wood Vineyard Le Puits Sec Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir $36, 94 *

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