Oregon Vol. II - Report Summary

Our associate editor, Dr. Owen Bargreen, has put together an extensive report covering nearly 300 of the latest wines from Oregon. While this report primarily focuses on the 2014 vintage, it also includes new releases, which span three vintages from 2013 to 2015.

Following the somewhat challenging 2013 vintage, most vintners were very excited to have near ideal growing conditions in 2014 and the results were outstanding for all varietals across the board. Pinot Noir in particularly was typically structured and focused, while showing wonderful red and dark fruit characters from the warmth of the vintage. Chardonnay showed beautifully as well in 2014. Winemakers like Tony Rynders of Tendril and Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent are excited about the 2015 vintage, which was also warm but had cool harvest temperatures which led to wonderfully poised red and white wines.

Pinot Noir

While many wineries excelled with their new releases, there were some who stood out above the rest.

Archery Summit was an estate which excelled in 2014, showing an impressive range of Pinot Noir, which included the completely stunning ‘Arcus Estate’ Pinot Noir, a dense wine with marvelous tension and Burgundian feel.

Big Table Farm also fielded a gorgeous lineup of Pinot Noir, including the magnificent 2014 ‘Earth’ Pinot Noir, which was one of the most compelling wines from the entire vintage.

Brittan Vineyards also thrived, as Robert Brittan has releases another remarkable set of wines including the 2014 ‘Gestalt Block’ Pinot Noir, which was a scintillating expression that showed incredible intensity and beautiful focus on terroir.

Beau Freres produced an incredible lineup of Pinot Noir, as did Willakenzie Estate, Argyle, Stag Hollow, Alexana, St. Innocent, Tendril, Le Cadeau, Cristom and Ken Wright Cellars.

Chardonnay

2014 and 2015 both yielded a gorgeous collection of Oregon Chardonnay wines, none more so than Domaine Serene with their their remarkable 2014 ‘Evenstad Reserve’ Chardonnay, which was one of the highlights of the vintage.

Evening Land also excelled with of the most successful Chardonnay, produces some of the best Chardonnay in not only Oregon, but all of North America and their new lineup showcases the impressive winemaking talents of Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.

Big Table Farm not only produced an incredible range of Pinot Noir, the Chardonay was also amongst the best as ‘The Elusive Queen’ was extremely impressive, having incredible viscosity, richness and structure.

Other Varietals

In addition to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, there were also some truly great Pinot Gris wines made as well. Look for the 2015 King Estate ‘Domaine’ as well as the 2014 Aubichon ‘Reserve’. The 2015 St. Innocent Pinot Blanc was also an incredible release by from winemaker Mark Vlossak, showing racy acidity and a plush mouthfeel.

Oregon also makes some of the best Sparkling wine in North America, including the 2013 Argyle Brut and the 2014 Kramer Vineyards Sparkling Wine. The best Sparkling wine that I tasted in the past year is the 2013 Rocco ‘RMS’ made by the talented hands of Rollin Soles, which showed serious tension and gorgeous aromatic and impressive range.

Best Values

As far as values, there were many to be found, however for some of the best look towards Child’s Play, a wonderful project from winemaker Tony Rynders, as well as King Estate, A to Z wines and Wines By Joe all fit the bill.


As a whole, the 2014 vintage is a sensational vintage and the winemakers took full advantage, producing some truly remarkable wines. Things are also looking bright for 2015, as early indications have been highly promising. We look forward continue to cover the lastest wines from 2015 as they are released in the coming year.

Below are nearly 300 tasting notes on wines from 2013, 2014 and 2015, which are currently on the market and certainly worth seeking out.

Oregon Report - Vol. II

60 SOULS Pinot Noir 2014
A TO Z WINEWORKS Pinot Noir 2014
ABERRANT CELLARS Pinot Noir Blanc 'Phitrum' 2015
ABERRANT CELLARS Pinot Noir, Chehelem Mountain Vineyard 'Block B3' 2014
ACROBAT Pinot Gris 2015
ACROBAT Pinot Noir 2015
ACROBAT Rosé 2015
ALEXANA Chardonnay 'Terroir Series' 2014
ALEXANA Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
ALEXANA Pinot Noir 'Estate East Blocks Volcanic' 2015
ALEXANA Pinot Noir 'Signature' 2014
ALEXANA Pinot Noir, Revana Vineyard 'Pommard Clone' 2014
ALEXANA Pinot Noir, Revana Vineyard 'West Block Sedimentary Soils' 2015
ALEXANA Pinot Noir, Revana Vineyard 2015
ALEXANA Riesling, Revana Vineyard 2015
ANAM CARA Riesling 'Dry Nicholas Estate' 2013
ANAM CARA Riesling 'Nicholas Estate' 2013
ANGELA ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Abbot's Claim' 2013
ANGELA ESTATE Pinot Noir 2013
ANGELA ESTATE Pinot Noir 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Archer's Edge' 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Archery Summit Estate' 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Arcus Estate' 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Looney Vineyard' 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Premier Cuvee' 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir 'Red Hills Estate' 2014
ARCHERY SUMMIT Rosé 2015
ARGYLE Chardonnay 'Nuthouse' 2014
ARGYLE Pinot Noir 'Cowhouse' 2014
ARGYLE Pinot Noir 'Nuthouse' 2014
ARGYLE Pinot Noir 'Spirhouse' 2013
ARGYLE Riesling 'Minus Five' 2014
ARGYLE Sparkling Wine 'Brut' 2013
ARGYLE Sparkling Wine, Blanc de Blancs, Spirit Hill Vineyard 2013
ARTERBERRY MARESH Pinot Noir 'Dundee Hills' 2014
AUBICHON Chardonnay 2014
AUBICHON Pinot Gris 'Reserve' 2014
AUBICHON Pinot Gris 2015
AUBICHON Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2014
AUBICHON Rosé 2015
AYOUB Pinot Noir '??? Vineyard' 2014
AYOUB Pinot Noir 'Estate Vineyard' 2014
AYOUB Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Memoirs' 2015
BEAUX FRERES Chardonnay 'Gran Moraine' 2012
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, Guadalupe Vineyard 2013
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, The Beaux Frères Vineyard 'Cuvèe 59' 2014
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2013
BEAUX FRERES Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014
BELLS UP Pinot Noir 'Titan' 2013
BELLS UP Pinot Noir 'Titan' 2014
BELLS UP Rosé 'Prelude' 2016
BENTON LANE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
BENTON LANE Pinot Noir 'First Class' 2014
BENTON LANE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay 'The Elusive Queen' 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2015
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Gris 'Wirtz Vineyard' 2015
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir 'Earth' 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir 'Yamhill-Carlton' 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Cattrall Vineyard 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Pelos Sandberg Vineyard 2015
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Sunnyside Vineyard 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2015
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir, Wirtz Vineyard 2014
BIG TABLE FARM Rose 'The Laughing Pig' 2015
BIG TABLE FARM Syrah, Rogue Valley 2013
BIG TABLE FARM White Wine 'Edelzwicker' 2015
BRITTAN VINEYARDS Chardonnay 2014
BRITTAN VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Basalt Block' 2014
BRITTAN VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Gestalt Block' 2014
CHILD'S PLAY 'Pinot Chardonnay' 2016
CHILD'S PLAY Pinot Noir 2014
CHILD'S PLAY Rosé 2016
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Gris 2015
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Estate' 2013
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Estate' 2014
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Mt. Jefferson Cuvèe' 2014
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, Eileen Vineyard 2014
CRISTOM VINEYARDS Viognier 2015
DE PONTE Melon de Bourgogne 'D.F.B.' 2014
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Grenache Blanc 'Crater View Vineyard' 2015
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Amelia Rose Cuvèe' 2014
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE PINOT NOIR 'Eola Amity Hills Cuvèe' 2014
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Griffin's Cuvèe' 2014
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Meyer Vineyard' 2013
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Patricia's Cuvee' 2014
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Quailhurst Vineyard' 2014
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Symonette Vineyard' 2012
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Syrah 'Fortmiller Vineyard' 2012
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Viognier 'Sundown Vineyard' 2015
DOMAINE DROUHIN Chardonnay 'Arthur' 2015
DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir 'Laurene' 2013
DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014
DOMAINE SERENE 'Grand Cheval' 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay 'Evenstad Reserve' 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay 'Récolte Grand Cru' 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Clos de Lune Vineyard 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Clos du Soleil Vineyard 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Chardonnay, Côte Sud Vineyard 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Coeur Blanc' 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Evenstad Reserve' 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Evenstad Reserve' 2014
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Monogram' 2012
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir 'Yamhill Cuvée' 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Côte Sud Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Fleur de Lis Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Gold Eagle Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Grace Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Jerusalem Hill Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Mark Bradford Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Two Barns Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir, Winery Hill Vineyard 2013
DOMAINE SERENE Rosé 'R V9' NV
DOMAINE SERENE Rose 'R' NV
DURANT VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2015
ERATH Pinot Blanc 2015
ERATH Pinot Gris 2015
ERATH Pinot Noir 2015
EVENING LAND Chardonnay 'La Source' 2014
EVENING LAND Chardonnay 'Seven Springs Vineyard' 2014
EVENING LAND Chardonnay 'Summum' 2014
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir 'Anden' 2014
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir 'La Source' 2014
EVENING LAND Pinot Noir 'Seven Springs' 2014
FULLERTON Chardonnay 'Cooper Mountain' 2014
FULLERTON Chardonnay 'Three Otters' 2014
FULLERTON Pinot Noir 'Five Faces' 2013
FULLERTON Pinot Noir 'Five Faces' 2014
FULLERTON Pinot Noir, Croft Vineyard 2013
FULLERTON Pinot Noir, Croft Vineyard 2014
FULLERTON Pinot Noir, Momtazi Vineyard 2013
FULLERTON Pinot Noir, Momtazi Vineyard 2014
FULLERTON Rose 'Three Otters' 2015
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS Chardonnay 'Richard's Cuvée' 2014
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS Pinot Noir 'Oregon' 2014
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS Pinot Noir, Durant Vineyard 2013
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS Pinot Noir, Durant Vineyard 2014
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS Pinot Noir, Whistling Ridge Vineyard 2013
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS Pinot Noir, Whistling Ridge Vineyard 2014
GOODFELLOW FAMIY CELLARS Pinot Gris 'Clover Reserve' 2015
HOLOCENE Pinot Noir 'Memorialis' 2015
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Chardonnay, Celilo Vineyard 2011
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Chardonnay, Celilo Vineyard 2012
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Blanc 2013
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard 2013
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard 2013
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Noir, McCrone Vineyard 2013
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Noir, Tanager Vineyard 2013
KEN WRIGHT CELLARS Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014
KING ESTATE Pinot Gris 'Domaine' 2015
KING ESTATE Pinot Gris 2015
KING ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Backbone' 2013
KING ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Domaine' 2013
KING ESTATE Pinot Noir 2014
KING ESTATE Pinot Noir, Roserock Vineyard 2013
KRAMER VINEYARDS Brut Sparkling Wine 2014
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Dijon 225 Clone' 2014
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Dijon 777 Clone' 2014
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Estate' 2014
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Pommard Clone' 2014
KRAMER VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Yamhill-Carlton' 2014
LACHINI Chardonnay 'Al Di La' 2014
LACHINI Pinot Gris 2015
LACHINI Pinot Noir 'Cuvèe Giselle' 2013
LACHINI Pinot Noir 'Lachini Family Estate' 2014
LACHINI Pinot Noir 'The Grape Republic' 2014
LANGE Chardonnay 'Three Hills Cuvèe' 2014
LANGE Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2015
LANGE Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2014
LANGE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 'Reserve' 2014
LANGE Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Merci Reserve' 2014
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Serendipity' 2014
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir 'Trajet Reserve' 2014
LEFT COAST CELLARS Pinot Blanc 'Left Bank' 2014
LEFT COAST CELLARS Pinot Noir 'Right Bank' 2014
LEFT COAST CELLARS Pinot Noir 'Truffle Hill' 2014
LEFT COAST CELLARS White Pinot Noir 2015
LEMELSON Chardonnay 'Reserve' 2014
LEMELSON Pinot Noir 'Jerome Reserve' 2014
LEMELSON Pinot Noir 'Thea's Selection' 2014
LEMELSON Pinot Noir, Meyer Vineyard 2014
LEMELSON Pinot Noir, Stermer Vineyard 2014
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir 'Clandeboye' 2014
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir 'Clonmaconis' 2014
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir 'Eola-Amity Hills' 2014
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir 'The Kilmore' 2014
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir, Sojourner Vineyard 'Dijon 115' 2014
OWEN ROE Pinot Noir, Sojourner Vineyard 'Pommard Clone' 2014
PANTHER CREEK Pino Noir, Kalita Vineyard 2013
PANTHER CREEK Pinot Noir 'Winemaker's Cuvèe' 2013
PANTHER CREEK Pinot Noir 'Winemaker's Cuvèe' 2014
PONZI Chardonnay 'Reserve' 2014
PONZI Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2014
RÉSONANCE Chardonnay, Hyland Vineyard 2015
RÉSONANCE Pinot Noir, Découverte Vineyard 2014
RÉSONANCE Pinot Noir, Résonance Vineyard 2014
ROCO Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2014
ROCO Pinot Noir 'Private Stash' 2014
ROCO Pinot Noir, Knudsen Vineyard 2014
ROCO Pinot Noir, Marsh Estate Vineyard 2014
ROCO Pinot Noir, Wits' End Vineyard 2014
ROCO Sparkling Wine 'RMS' 2013
ROSE ROCK Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills 2015
ROSE ROCK Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 'Zephrine' 2014
ROSE ROCK Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2014
SALEM WINE COMPANY Pinot Noir 'Eola-Amity Hills' 2014
ST. INNOCENT Chardonnay, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2015
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Blanc, Vitae Springs Vineyard 2015
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Gris, Vitae Springs Vineyard 2015
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir 'Villages Cuvée' 2015
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Freedom Hill Vineyard 2014
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Justice Vineyard 2014
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Momtazi Vineyard 2014
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard 2014
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Temperance Hill Vineyard 2014
ST. INNOCENT Pinot Noir, Zenith Vineyard 2014
STAG HOLLOW Dolcetto 2014
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir 'Reserve 777/114' 2014
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2014
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir 'Vendange Selection' 2014
STAG HOLLOW Pinot Noir 'Yamhill Villages' 2011
TENDRIL Pinot Noir 'Extrovert' 2014
TENDRIL Pinot Noir 'Mount Richmond' 2014
TENDRIL White Pinot Noir 'Pretender' 2014
TOIL Pinot Noir 2015
TORI MOR Pinot Noir 'Deux Verres' 2014
TORI MOR Pinot Noir 2014
TORI MOR Pinot Noir, Olson Estate Vineyard 2014
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Chardonnay 'Reserve' 2014
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Chardonnay 2013
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Dolcetto, Jubilee Vineyard 2014
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Pinot Gris 2015
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2014
WALNUT CITY WINEWORKS Pinot Noir 2014
WALT Pinot Noir 'Shea Vineyard' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Chardonnay 'Clos Marco' 2012
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Blanc 2015
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Gris 2015
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Aliette' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Emery' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Gisele' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Jory Hills' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Kiana' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Pierre Leon' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Terres Basses' 2014
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE Pinot Noir 'Triple Black Slopes' 2014
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Chardonnay 'Bernau Block' 2015
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Chardonnay 'Estate' 2015
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Bernau Block' 2014
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Pinot Noir 'Tualatin Block' 2014
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Sparkling Wine 'Brut' 2014
WINE BY JOE Chardonnay 2015
WINE BY JOE Pinot Blanc 2015
WINE BY JOE Pinot Gris 2015
WINE BY JOE Pinot Noir 2014
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Blanc 'Reserve' 2015
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Blanc 2015
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Gris 'Reserve' 2015
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Gris 'Watershed' 2015
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Gris 2015
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Noir 'Block 1' 2014
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Noir 'Block 10' 2014
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Noir 'Block 8' 2014
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Noir 'Block 9 Corner' 2014
WINTER'S HILL Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 2014