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Elk Cove Pinot Noir Five Mountains 2014 750ml

Rated 93 - From a vineyard planted in 1978 by Dick Ponzi, the 2014 Pinot Noir Five Mountain (not Fine or Fire as previously reported in this...
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Elk Cove Pinot Noir Goodrich 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - Distinctly minerally, with a saline quality to the ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, coming together harmoniously against powdery...
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St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2013 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard comes from vines planted between 2002 and 2005 in Block 6 within the vineyard. There is a ferrous...
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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Aliette Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Light and tangy, with juicy cherry, raspberry, white chocolate and spice flavors, coming together seamlessly on the lively finish and...

Oregon United States Willamette Valley Yamhill/carlton District

The beautiful state of Oregon has, over the past few decades, become increasingly well known and respected for its wine industry, with several small but significant wineries within the state receiving world wide attention for the quality of their produce. Whilst the first vineyards within Oregon were planted in the 1840s, the state's wine industry didn't really take off until the 1960s, when several wine producers from California discovered that the cooler regions of the state were ideal for cultivating various fine grape varietals. Today, Oregon has over four hundred and fifty wineries in operation, the vast majority of which are used for the production of wines made from Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir varietal grapes, both of which thrive in the valleys and mountainsides which characterise the landscape of the state.

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.

The beautiful wine region of Willamette Valley is located in Oregon, one of the main wine producing states of the USA. As in much of Oregon, Willamette Valley benefits enormously from the long, hot summers the state enjoys, and the mineral rich soils which typify the wine regions found there. Willamette Valley has built up a powerful reputation over the past few decades as one of the New World's leading producers of high quality, flavorful and characterful Pinot Noir wines, as the grapes of the Pinot Noir vine thrive particularly well in the region's climatic conditions. Willamette Valley is a fascinating wine region, and is a fine representative for the state of Oregon. Innovative techniques and wine making methods are fairly commonplace there, and the overall produce of the region seems to get better each year.