16 Great Oregon Wines for Weekend Sipping

This week I highlight some of the delicious wines from Oregon. As always, there are plenty of Pinot noirs to choose from, but don’t forget about the audacious Chardonnay and other white wine blends from Southern Oregon.

Of note, I’m experimenting with a different wine review style. It’s a method I used on my wine lists when I worked as a sommelier. For years, I used to give my guests a lengthy review for each wine, until they asked for snippets of the information. Hence, the new format was born, and the guests loved it because it was easy to digest. Let me know your thoughts on the new format.


2014 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Jordan Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($65)
Red fruits / layered / earthy / sage / espresso

2015 Vidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($30)
Crisp / pure / complex / green apple / butterscotch / melon

2014 Alloro Vineyard ‘Riservata’ Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($45)
Red currant / vanilla / cherry / boysenberry / luscious


2015 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Aspen Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($40)
Lemon / citrus / white pepper / apple

2014 Ghost Hill Cellars Bayliss-Bower Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($42)
Ripe / elegant / cherry / strawberry

2014 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($25)
Stylish / creamy / apple / enticing

2014 Vidon Vineyard 3-Clones Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($40)
Bright / cranberry / raspberry / lively

2014 Alloro Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($35)
Cherry / boysenberry / charming / raspberry

2015 Alloro Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($34)
Layered / pretty / citrus / apple / pear

2016 Troon Kubli Bench Blanc, Applegate, Oregon ($25)
Structurally enticing / vibrant / tropical / lively apricot

2016 Troon Blue Grenache, Rogue Valley, Oregon ($27)
Fresh / dynamic / black cherry / enticing

2014 Lenne Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($38)
Spirited / Bing cherry / chocolate / white pepper

2015 Troon Blue G*S*M, Rogue Valley, Oregon ($37)
Black fruits / earthy / bright / graceful

2015 Left Coast Cellars Latitude 45 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($38)
Bright / pretty / cherry / spice / clove

Very Good

2014 Ghost Hill Cellars Prospector’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($55)
Bright / strawberry / cherry

2016 Lenne Estate Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($40)
Zippy / clean / vivid / austere / unassuming

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This article was originally published on OregonLive.


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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