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Number One Oregon White Wine – Portland Monthly

 

Portland Monthly Magazine published their Top 50 Oregon Wines, the result of four local expert judges blind tasting more than 500 Oregon wines.

The #1 white wine is one of our favorites: Crowley Chardonnay 2010. Grab the last of it now!

Crowley Wines WIllamette Valley Chardonnay 2010Crowley Wines
Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2010

$21.55 in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case* ($23.95 retail)

From Crowley Wines, A perfect example of the new Oregon chardonnay, with lively acid and light, well-integrated oak aging (25 percent new barrels), this bottle allows the passion fruit and stone fruit notes to shine. Using Wente and 108 clones from the lauded Four Winds Vineyard and Maresh Vineyard estates, owner/winemaker Tyson Crowley’s sustainably farmed and affordable wine shows just how delicious a light touch can be.
- Portland Monthly

Tyson Crowley is one of the best things that has happened to Oregon Chardonnay. His 2010 Chard opens with Oregon aromas – lemon, lime, and a touch of green apple. There’s a nice weight and roundness, and it moves in the glass, filling out as it opens. It’s my kind of finish – acid-driven – and I’m thirsty just thinking about this wine. – Marcus

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Today’s email is about tiny amounts of great Oregon white wine, and Cameron’s Ramato fits the bill perfectly. John Paul never does anything ordinary, and the Ramato is anything but. His take on Oregon Pinot gris is inspired by a wine from the Veneto region of Italy called Ramato. The Italian word ramato means “coppery colored,” or “coppered” and refers to the color of the wine. By leaving the grape skins in the grape juice while fermenting, the wine takes on its beautiful color.

below, Oregon Pinot gris, Eyrie Vineyard

Oregon Pinot gris, Eyrie Vineyard

Cameron
Ramato Pinot Gris 2011

$22.45 in any 12 bottle order or Build A Case* ($24.95 retail)

The 2011 Ramato has a rich texture of shot silk with scents and flavors of Washington pears and peaches, citrus peel, slate, mineral water and a pleasing, subtle hint of bitter dark beer in the finish (!!). Our supply is very limited and I took a chunk of it home, so don’t wait to order if you’d like a bottle. – Jean

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