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The genius of Oregon Pinot Noir
Oregon wine country is, by far, dedicated to Pinot Noir. More than 65 percent of the wine produced in the state is Pinot Noir, and the vast majority of that is crafted in the northern Willamette Valley.
Surrounding such towns as Dundee, Newberg, McMinnville, Carlton, Yamhill, Dayton and Lafayette are six small wine-producing regions. They are:
- Dundee Hills
- Eola-Amity Hills
- Ribbon Ridge
- Chehalem Mountains
In addition to these American Viticultural Areas are other interesting small pockets of vineyards and special places.
None of this is far from the Pacific Ocean. In fact, a small set of hills – called the Coast Range – is all that separates the vineyards from the beaches.
All of these factors combine to create a region that is close to perfect for producing world-class Pinot Noir.
Here are a dozen examples of Oregon Pinot Noirs that earned our top “Outstanding!” rating.