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2011 Yamhill-Carlton Spring Tasting

The greater Yamhill-Carlton AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been gaining a lot of attention for producing some of that State’s best wines and based on what I sampled this past weekend, I understand why.

The Pinot Noir, of course, took center-stage at this event as it’s the red grape that has put the Willamette Valley on the map. There are some other varietals, however, that are doing very well in this area – such as Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Riesling and even a bit of Sauvignon Blanc.

A few of my favorite wines were:

2008 Ghost Hill Pinot Noir
2010 Proposal Rock Sauvignon Blanc by Carlton Cellars
2009 Luminous Hills “Lux” Pinot Noir
2010 Kramer Muller-Thurgau Sparkling Wine

Overall I was not  only impressed with the wines of the Yamhill-Carlton area but also the passion and love the people behind the wines have. I’d highly encourage anyone who appreciates food-friendly wines that express terroir to give them all a try!

Click here for a very nice map of the AVA.

The following wineries participated:

Alexana Estate Vineyard & Winery
Anne Amie Vineyards
Atticus Wine
Barbara Thomas Wines
Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery
Biggio Hamina Cellars
Boedecker Cellars
Carlton Cellars
Carlton Hill Wine Co.
Denison Cellars
Elk Cove Vineyards
Et Fille
Ghost Hill Cellars
Ken Wright Cellars
Kramer Vineyards
Lazy River
Lemelson Vineyards
Lenne Estate
Seven of Hearts / Luminous Hills
Merriman Wines
Monk’s Gate
Panther Creek Cellars
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Roots Wine & Vineyards
Shea Wine Cellars
Solena / Grand Cru Estates
Soter Vineyards
Stag Hollow Vineyards
Twelve Wine
Willakenzie Estate Winery

Bacon with a blue and brie cheese mixture.

This was actually a really nice Sauvignon Blanc which had a heavy focus on the citrus/grapefruit side and just a hint of grass – overall, very nice.

The Luminous “Lux” Pinot was my favorite of the day.