Oregon wineries for a Burgundy Lover
I'm going to be in the Portland, Oregon area for two days next week, and I'm thinking of spending a day touring wineries.
I'm a Champagne, Burgundy, northern Rhone lover, who knows little about Oregon wines. I don't like heavy, syrupy, high alcohol wines.
Head out to 99W Newberg, Dundee, Carlton, McMInville south to Salem. There are many nodes of wineries to choose from making Pinot wines, even some Syrah (Biggi Hamina) I believe local fruit, and Lillian Syah (Cali fruit) is first class along with their Antica Terra PN, Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge are some of the best AVA. You could spend a week and not visit them all.
Domaine Drouhin IS a Burgundy winemaker who opened a winery in Oregon. Across the street is Domaine Serene, which isn't much Burgundy like but I like their wines.
Belle Pente is a small, under-the-radar winemaker who makes great reds and whites that are a bargain. Defintely not heavy, syrupy. You'll have to call to schedule an appointment.
Le Cadeau is one of the better makers but you'll have to call and schedule an appointment there, too.
I'm a fan of Stoller as well.
Scott Paul is a winemaker with a wine store, so you might be able to try other wines there. I'm not sure.
At the Dark Horse Tasting Room in Newberg you can try both Medici and Sineann. Medici makes wines in the low 13 percent range and they age them for four years or so before releasing them. THey might be on the 2004s now. I like Medici quite a bit (they're also fairly priced in the mid $20s) but I have to say I've gotten mixed reaction from others who have tried them. Sineann is probably better known for whites.
If you're looking for a place to eat, I recommend Tina's in Dundee. Call ahead for a reservation. In my Chowhound profile it asks "I really wish I could" and I answered: Date the head waitress at Tina's.
At the Carlton Wine Studio you must taste the Hamacher 2006 Pinot Noir.......one of the best pinots in the area