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Dec 17, 2007 04:03 PM

Favorite Domestic (Oregon) Pinots?

I just really started getting into some Oregon Pinot Noirs -- with the sediment and all! I was never a fan of French Pinots, but for some reason I'm really digging this Oregon bottle of Pinot I'm finishing up right now!

Curious to know if anyone has some remarkable recs?


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  1. I have really enjoyed the wines from White Rose in Oregon.

    1. Soter

      Domaine Serene (for the Evenstad Reserve and Grace Vineyard) - these, espeically the Grace Vineyard, though, are many $$$ for what they are.

      Le Cadeau

      Ken Wright (for a slightly more restrained style)

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      1. re: whiner

        There are so many OR wines I’m fond of; a few to add to whiner's list...

        - Westrey
        - Gypsy Dancer
        - Chehalem
        - Benton Lane
        - Francis Tannahill (plus "A to Z" for qpr)
        - La Bete
        - Penner Ash
        - Shea
        - Domaine Drouhin
        - Patton Valley

        1. re: vinosnob

          These are all in the $20-30 range
          Cathedral Ridge
          Montinore Estate
          King Estate

          1. re: washingtonred

            argyle, easily found and user friendly.

            1. re: TBird

              Favorites are the Chehalem and Domaine Serene...

              ...and I think there's a HUGE increase in quality when you jump to the Reserves,
              for any winery. Tasted about 40 Oregon Pinots one day, and that was my overwhelming take from the tasting. The regular releases can be hit or miss, but the Reserves I fell in love with.

              1. re: maria lorraine


                Funny you should point that out. I've noticed a bigger gap in quality among the more expensive OR pinots compared to their less expensive counterparts from the same house, as well. Certainly, for Domaine Serene the difference between the Yamhill and the Evenstad Reserve is mindboggling, you are right (and the difference between the Evenstad and the Grace vineyard can be huge, as well).

          2. re: vinosnob

            I also like Patricia Green, Willa Kenzie, Owen Roe, sometimes Adelsheim.

          3. re: whiner

            Love the Ken Wrights but restrained ?????

            1. re: jock


              I would deffinitely say that compared to Soter, the upper-level Domaine Serenes, and Le Cadeau, Ken Wrights are more restrained. Not relative to OR generally, necessarily, but relative to the other ones I really like.

          4. Thomas, Dom Drouhin, Ken Wright, Brickhouse - Les Dijonnais (in particular)

            1. Belle Vallee Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($22) and Erath Pinot Noir Prince Hill Vineyard ($40)

              1. Argyle Nuthouse
                Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve

                Those are my two favorites. Both should be available for around $45.

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                1. re: mengathon

                  I tried the 2004 Nuthouse earlier this summer and agree it was very good. Picked up a couple extra for holiday entertaining.