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Willamette Valley Wine Harvest Starts September 20th?

September 20th is a date getting a lot of discussion in Oregon wine circles. It’s shaping up to be the first day of harvest in many Willamette Valley vineyards. Sam Tannahill (A to Z Winery, Francis Tannahill Winery) was walking Carabella Vineyard when we spoke with him today. He was in the Pinot gris rows, where [...]

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More New York Times Top Oregon Pinots

New York Times’ Food and Wine Section published “A Young Oregonian’s Wide Range” by Eric Asimov today (9-2-09). He names his top ten Oregon Pinots from the 2006 and 2007 vintages. The Number One choice was the Le Cadeau Cote Est 07, covered in our previous blog. Several other Top Picks are also Avalon favorites. Soter Vineyards Beacon [...]

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NY Times’ #1 Oregon Pinot noir – Le Cadeau Cote Est 07

New York Times’ Food and Wine Section published “A Young Oregonian’s Wide Range” by Eric Asimov today (9-2-09). He names his top ten Oregon Pinots from the 2006 and 2007 vintages. The #1 pick was the Le Cadeau Cote Est 07. Le Cadeau Cote Est Pinot noir 07 $49.95 / $44.95 case price “You could taste the vintage in [...]

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Owen Roe’s New Wines for September 2009

David O’Reilly’s Owen Roe Winery released six new wines this week – including a new California Pinot from the state’s amazing 2007 vintage. Owen Roe’s Yakima Red 07 is back, after a long wait. This is Owen Roe’s classic Bordeaux blend, and a wine at the top of our favorites list,  year after year.  From [...]

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Oregon Original – Eyrie Reserve Pinot noir 06

This is where Oregon Pinot noir began. From the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot noir vines, planted in 1966. Only one Pinot noir has that distinction: The Eyrie Vineyards Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2006 – History in a Bottle. We opened the 2006 Eyrie Reserve last week and attempted to capture its essence with mere words. [...]

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2006 Vintage Big Washington Reds at 2001 Prices

Mark Ryan     Buty      Va Piano Travel back with me to 2001, those long ago days of yore. There were no IPods! (the first was introduced by Apple in 11-01).  Sasha Obama was born. The Mir Space station fell to earth. And prices on Washington wines were, well, a lot lower than [...]

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Wine Spectator 97 Point Score for WA Wine – 18 Months Ago

There’s buzz on the web today about the new Wine Spectator Insider – it gives 96 points to a $200 Cab from Cote Bonneville. “Will the 96 point barrier be broken? When will they give a Washington wine a 97 point score?” Is 96 points a cutoff point for Harvey Steiman? It happened in March [...]

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Eyrie’s Jason Lett on the 2007 Vintage

First, you have to know that Jason Lett is the coolest dude. He’s the most fun to talk to, and our conversations usually swoop from wine to politics to books and more. He’s the only guy I know who’ll talk Buffy and the oeuvre of Joss Whedon in one breath, and quote Oscar Wilde in [...]

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Lupe’s Library of Eyrie Chardonnay

In July, Marcus and I were incredibly fortunate to be invited to one of the most important tastings of Oregon wine ever held – 38 vintages of Eyrie Chardonnay.  It was amazing. There was not a bad vintage among them – some were showing a bit of age, but overall, they were vibrant, beautiful wines. [...]

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Big Crop Expected for 2009 Vintage

Consensus seems to be that the heat last month came early enough that the crop  is fine – the main comment heard across the Willamette Valley last week was that “the crop is huge”; “it’s a heavy year, we’re definitely thinning”, etc. Brian at Belle Pente saw color on his grapes yesterday.

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