- Hot, dry climate July report marks finale by Greg Jones at Linfield
- Betz Family Winery will not release wines from smoky 2020 vintage
- Matías Kúsulas replaces Aryn Morell as Gård Vintners winemaker
- Boise-area Telaya Wine Co., uses Idaho Syrah to top Cascadia International
- Sagemoor enters Walla Walla Valley grape market with Southwind Vineyard purchase
- Fire destroys distillery at Westport Winery Garden Resort in Washington
- Fries family departs Washington wine industry with Desert Wind sale
- Warnshuis realizes dream of Utopia along Oregon’s tiny Ribbon Ridge
- Fidelitas promotes Will Hoppes, Mitch Venohr as part of transition
- New Alliance of Women in Washington Wine already stands at 200 strong
Oregon Pinot Noir shines when it struggles
For more than a half-century, Oregon has hung its hat on Pinot Noir. The noble red grape of Burgundy found a comfortable home on the edge of viticultural viability in the Willamette Valley when a few hardy pioneers decided to try putting grapes in the ground.
It is here, where a low coastal range is all that separates the vineyards from the Pacific Ocean, that Pinot Noir would tend to do well.
It doesn’t really thrive here. In fact, those serious about Oregon Pinot Noir never want it to thrive. They want a struggle that will ultimately bring the best out of Pinot Noir’s finicky grapes.
Oregon Pinot Noirs are not big, fleshy, showy wines like you might find in other regions. Rather, they are much more interesting than that, with great depth and complexity.
Here are a dozen Oregon Pinot Noirs we’ve tasted in recent weeks.