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:
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
Barbara Thomas Wines
Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery
Biggio Hamina Cellars
Carlton Hill Wine Co.
EIEIO & Co.
Elk Cove Vineyards
Ghost Hill Cellars
Ken Wright Cellars
Seven of Hearts / Luminous Hills
Panther Creek Cellars
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Roots Wine & Vineyards
Shea Wine Cellars
Solena / Grand Cru Estates
Stag Hollow Vineyards
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.