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Snooth User: Kelsey Wilburn

Your favorite Pinot Noir

Posted by Kelsey Wilburn, Aug 13, 2011.

I'm in Oregon and I'm trying to get into Pinot Noir, since it's all anyone ever drinks here - but I need a good summer-weight Pinot to try for my wine blog:

What are your favorite Pinot Noirs (specifically in Oregon but elsewhere will do too!)?

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Reply by desby, Aug 13, 2011.

Not sure if you can get these in Oregon, but if you would like to try approachable pinot's look to those from central Otago in New Zealand. Delicious. Good examples come from Felton Rd, Amisfield,  Mt Difficulty and Gibbston Valley.

Reply by Kelsey Wilburn, Aug 13, 2011.

Thank you for the recommendation. I'll put those on my list of wines to look for. We have a pretty good wine selection and wine boutique population here in Oregon, so I bet we can.

Reply by smithdaj54, Aug 14, 2011.

In Portland here myself.  Try Domaine Serene, Sokol Blosser, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Lange (just had the reserve, it's amazing!).  Good recommendations can be made at Liner & Elsen in the NW or The Wine Cellar off HWY 26.  Enjoy!

Reply by spikedc, Aug 14, 2011.

Hi Kelsy,  Try the Cono Sur Pinot Noir Reserva 2009, great taste, great value. I paid £6 (around $9).

Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 14, 2011.

Hi Kelsey,

I agree with Spike.  I was pleasantly surprised by the Cono Sur.  About 9 dollars in Seattle and from Chile - not exactly the type of weather that I associate with Pinot.

Here are a few Oregaon Pinots to check out:

  • Cristom
  • Brandborg Love Puppets
  • Eola Hills
  • Stoller JV & SV
  • Argyle
  • Lemelson


Reply by MReff, Aug 14, 2011.

I like Peay from Sonoma and Gay's from the Sta Rita Hills.  Just my two cent, 

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 14, 2011.

I'll second Stoller and Lange (last year's winery of the year here on Snooth!) and add in Brooks, Brick House, Domaine Drouhin, Belle Pente, Cameron, 1789, and De Ponte.

I am also a big fan of New Zealand Pinot Noir and would recommend: Babich, Felton Road, Brancott Estate, Rippon, Whitehaven, Mud House, and Escarpement.

Reply by ScottLauraH, Aug 14, 2011.

I love the Pinots from Willakenzie Estate.  Another great one to try is Adelsheim, either their current vintage or their Bryan's Creek. 

Reply by Kelsey Wilburn, Aug 14, 2011.

Vellovino, I just tried an Eola Hills Pinot Noir last night and was very pleasantly surprised—especially for the price. It was remarkably smooth, not overwhelming, and perfectly well-rounded. Thanks for the recommendation.

Reply by Whitetigerofwine, Aug 15, 2011.

Chehalem and Elk Cove are two of my favorites.


Reply by Kelsey Wilburn, Aug 15, 2011.

Whitetigerofwine, I have been dying to try the Elk Cove Pinot Noir. I believe they might also have a pink Pinot that's supposed to be amazing.

Reply by outthere, Aug 15, 2011.

Favorite? I can't narrow it down to one brand lest one wine.

If I go by what I have the most of in my cellar then the winner is Rivers-Marie but that could change as the Williams-Selyem mailer arrived today.

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 16, 2011.

From Oregon, I have really liked Stoller and Bethel Heights.   I've also tasted a pinot noir and a pinot gris from Tyee in Corvallis about 5 yrs ago, and liked them very much.  But I haven't tasted any of their wines lately.

Reply by Bordoo, Aug 19, 2011.

A nice summer weight Pinot?  Let's talk real Pinot - Tollot Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune.  $35.  Tollot Beaut is a stone reliable maker of red Burgundies. 

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 20, 2011.

Stoller's higher end bottling was nice, but not $50 nice, and the Junior Varsity was just okay.  Amity sells a really nice Willamette appellated for a reasonable price, and the single vineyards are, compared to Adelsheim, a steal at  about $35.  I was just up that way and have been meaning to write my encomium to Myron and his winery.  But if you want a summer quaffer, try his gamay--lighter, sprightly.  Myron Redford is one of two folks in the US really making Beaujolais styled wine.  I had a really good rose of pinot from up that way made by Coelho under a funny name.  I'll see if I can find the label in my cellar book. 

If you are going to spend the money stoller costs, try Roar (through their website) or Holdredge and tell me that's not better than the similarly priced OR offerings.  At restaurants, I've had Chehalem and Elk Cove at decent prices, too, but I think Amity is the place I would go in OR for value for the money.

Reply by Andrew Schofield, Aug 20, 2011.

Try 2005 Burgundy- Village wines are already drinking well, 1er and Grand Cru still need some more bottle age. Also get some 2009 NZ Pinot Noir to lay down, superb vintage across all areas, particular interesting Ata Rangi, Felton Road, Neudorf...

Reply by Tim Clarke, Aug 23, 2011.

Kelsey, hardly anyone has mentioned Burgundy, and no-one has pushed great Burgundy. If you want great Pinot, this is still the reference. If you're going to the International Pinot Noir Festival in Oregon you'll find some great Burgundy there. The following top producers are there Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Maison Alex Gambal, Domaine Joseph Faiveley, Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine des Epeneaux. Make sure you don't just go for their 'Pinot Noir', which is a basic grade, look for villages, premier crus and even Grand Crus. that may be on show.  There are more domaines there, but I don't know them particularly. - Also if you want to walk on the wild side, try Weingut Wieninger from Vienna, whose Pinot is really good. This year, there don't seem to any Germans there, which is a shame. Germany makes GREAT Pinot. A favourite of mine is Mayer-Nakel from the Ahr.

Tim (

Reply by anchca, Aug 24, 2011.

Some of my favorite pinots come from Chehalem, RR, Anam Cara, JK Carriere, and Coattails. Alloro Vineyards has a nice "summer-weight" pinot called Fattoria. I also have friends that recommend Twelve Wines and Colene Clemens as places to get great pinot at great prices. I have yet to visit either tasting room but they are on the agenda for my next tasting adventure.

Reply by duncan 906, Aug 25, 2011.

I have always thought that the worlds finest red wines come from Burgundy.Burgundy takes Pinot Noir to a totally higher level than Pinot Noir from anywhere else.I have recently reviewed a bottle of 2000 Pommard Cercle Des Vins Fins for Snooth which I really liked although it is only a negociant or brand name wine.I have also reviewed a few other Burgundys in my wines

Reply by firedancer22, Aug 25, 2011.

i'm also a fan of jk carrier.  the provocateur is a nice 2009 at a great price point ($24 or so).  i was just drinking it in portland, at noble rot, as a matter of fact!

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