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Oregon Pinot Noir lovers are spoiled these days. The 2017 vintage is the fourth consecutive excellent vintage for Willamette Valley’s signature red, with the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages all achieving a classic rating.
The 2017 vintage looks promising, although the growing season was a departure from the previous three. The spring was cool and soggy, which delayed flowering, while the summer was hot and dry.
This week’s new releases offer a little slice of Oregon Pinot and what it has to offer. They range in price from $18 to $45, with both general Willamette Valley bottlings and single-vineyard wines. Stylistically, you’ll find everything from easygoing Pinots to refined, deeply structured versions.
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017 Score: 92 | $45
Plush but well-structured, with expressive raspberry, orange peel and black tea flavors that take on refined tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 2,552 cases made.—T.F.
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Balcombe Vineyard 2017 Score: 92 | $37
Spirited, but refined and focused, with dynamic raspberry, green tea and orange zest flavors that build tension toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2026. 473 cases made.—T.F.
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Freedom Hill Vineyard 2017 Score: 91 | $37
Deeply structured, revealing an appealing savory, earthy edge, offering expressive raspberry and dark plum flavors, accented by rose petal, tarragon and black tea hints. Drink now through 2025. 763 cases made.—T.F.
LE CADEAU Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Diversité 2017 Score: 91 | $50
Tightly focused, with precise raspberry, orange peel and smoky forest floor accents that build tension toward broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2026. 242 cases made.—T.F.
BROADLEY Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017 Score: 90 | $22
Plump and expressive, with lively raspberry and spice flavors that show a hint of fresh earth. Offers a long, supple finish. Drink now through 2025. 2,200 cases made.—T.F.
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Grand Assemblage 2017 Score: 90 | $28
Agile and lively, with sleek and refreshing raspberry and toasted cinnamon flavors that glide delicately along the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases made.—T.F.
STOLLER Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017 Score: 89 | $25
Approachable yet spirited, with lively raspberry and sassafras accents that pick up speed on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 3,000 cases made.—T.F.
CHEMISTRY Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017 Score: 87 | $19
Zesty and user-friendly, with lively cherry and spice flavors. A cheery quaff. Drink now through 2024. 5,500 cases made.—T.F.
COOPER MOUNTAIN Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Cooper Hill 2017 Score: 87 | $18
Snappy and tart, with lively but straightforward cherry and spice flavors. Drink now through 2022. 6,500 cases made.—T.F.
Source : https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/9-Winning-Willamette-Pinot-Noir-Wines-57783