Archive | Oregon Wines

2008 RoxyAnn Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.roxyann.com Syrah from Oregon? You bet! Located in the southern part of the state is the Rogue Valley – near Medford. This AVA is a “hotbed” for both Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. There’s been a good deal of press coverage about wines of this region over the past couple of years […]

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Review: 2010 Alexana Winery: Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.alexanawinery.com For a relatively new winery to the Willamette Valley, Alexana has really started turning heads and palates towards its style of winemaking. Started by Dr. Revana of Napa-fame, this family-run business has created quite a good buzz in the hills of Dundee Oregon. Technical Data:  Appellation: Dundee Hills Vineyard Designation: […]

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2008 Cana’s Feast Two Rivers Blend – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.canasfeastwinery.com Cana’s Feast is a winery located in the Willamette Valley of the State of Oregon and nestled in the little town of Carlton. Its focus is to not make wine from Oregon grapes but to use fruit from Washington State – definitely a concept that sets it apart from […]

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2011 Alexana Pinot Gris – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.alexanawinery.com Alexana winery, located just outside of Dundee Oregon – in the heard of the Willamette Valley has the same owner as Ravena winery in Napa. It’s clear that they have a big budget to produce best-of-class varietals as seen in this 2011 Pinot Gris. Technical Data: Vintage: 2011 Varietal: […]

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2009 Seven of Hearts Dessert Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.sevenofheartswine.com The winemaker of Seven Hearts wine, Byron Dooley, never ceases to amaze me on the quality of wine he churns out that are at very reasonable prices and this fun little bottle of dessert Pinot Noir is no exception. Technical Data:  Cases Produced: 63 (750ml equivalent) Approach: Traditional Port […]

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2007 RoxyAnn Claret Reserve – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.roxyann.com This RoxyAnn Claret is a blend of Bourdeaux varietals that are grown in its estate vineyard, which lies in the Rogue Valley – not far from Medford. Technical Data: Blending Detail: 47% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet franc, 2% Malbec Vineyard Source: 100% RoxyAnn Estate Vineyards Aging Profile: Aged 18 months […]

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2009 Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.lecadeauvineyard.com Fewer things in life can be more frustrating than falling in love with a wine, only to have it ripped out from under you – such a tease. This 2009 Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir is such a wine – it’s as if these wineries like messing with […]

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2009 Ayoub Estate Pinot Noir

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://ayoubwines.com For winemaker/owner, Mohammad Ayoub, making the best possible wines starts with sparing no expense on the fruit and necessary equipment.  He’s one of those kinds of winemakers who really does put his money where his mouth and heart are – making great wines that reflect the terrioir, no matter […]

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Cana’s Feast Winery – 3-way Action – Review

By: Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.canasfeastwinery.com While most wineries in the greater Willamette Valley are squarely focused in on Pinot and other great Oregon varietals, Canas Feast is trying its best to make good wines from many regions – namely Washington State fruit. 2009 Cana’s Feast Sangiovese – W.E.P. Rating: 60% Technical Data: Vintage: 2008 Varietal: Sangiovese […]

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Review: 2009 RoxyAnn Viognier

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.roxyann.com All too many people outside of the Rogue Valley / Applegate Valley in southern Oregon know about the great wines that are coming out of that region. Viognier – when done well – is one of my favorite white wine varietals as I’m a huge sucker for aromatics. RoxyAnn is […]

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2009 Argyle Nuthouse – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.argylewinery.com/ Located in Dundee Oregon, Argyle winery has not only built up a loyal following and fanbase, it’s nearly turned cult-like and for good reason. Its wines have a pedigree of showing very well in regards to terroir, flavor and balance – not to mention its great-tasting bubbly. This “Nuthouse” […]

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2009 Le Cadeau “Merci” Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.lecadeauvineyard.com Le Chadeau is a winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and has a somewhat unique way of producing tasty wines from its estate vineyards – they have a different winemaker for each bottle. Additionally, each winemaker picks different blocks of the vineyards in an effort to showcase what […]

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2009 Seven of Hearts Special Reserve Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.sevenofheartswine.com When I first met winemaker, Byron Dooley, at a wine event in the Yamhill area of Oregon last year, I knew right away he was dead-serious about making kick-ass wines. This “Special Reserve” is his flagship Pinot that brings a lot of prowess to it – it’s a Pinot that […]

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2009 Alexana Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.alexanawinery.com Alexana Winery was started by the same Dr. Revana who started Revena Family Vineyard winery in Napa but clearly this winery’s mission is all about burgundy varietals. He hired winemaker, Lynn Penner-Ash, to produce world class wines from the fruit of the Willamette Valley. Technical Data: Varietal: Pinot Noir […]

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2009 Seven of Hearts Syrah-Grenache – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.sevenofheartswine.com/ While so many Oregon wineries focus in on the grapes that they can grow well, there are a few that source fruit from neighboring Washington State to make some very interesting blends.  This bottle of Seven Hills captures a common blend of Syrah and Grenache to make a very […]

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2010 Seven of Hearts Pinot Gris – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.sevenofheartswine.com/ Oregon has been known to many here in the northwest for making outstanding Pinot Gris so I was excited to try this one from Seven of Hearts as I know their winemaker is extremely passionate about producing Oregon varietals that express the terroir of the vineyards and regions they are […]

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2008 Panther Creek Freedom Hill Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://panthercreekcellars.com If you’ve been following my reviews for awhile, you’ll notice that I’m a fan of Panther Creek in McMinville Oregon because they have an excellent track record of producing quality Pinot Noir at competitive prices. This wine is from the nearby Freedom Hill Vineyard that they have a good […]

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2009 Seven of Hearts Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.sevenofheartswine.com/ Based in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Seven Hearts winery produces small, hand-crafted wines that have been garnering a loyal following from both wine lovers and critics. Its wines do a good job of expressing the terroir of the region there while remaining food-friendly. Technical Data: Cases Produced: […]

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A red and white Cowhorn – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.cowhornwine.com/ Cowhorn winery, located Jacksonville Oregon, is one that’s committed to making biodynamic Rhone-varietal wines. Unlike most wineries in Oregon, this one is not at all close to the Willamette Valley – instead it’s closer to the California border, in the Rogue Valley AVA. 2010 Spiral 36 – W.E.P. Rating: […]

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2008 Libra Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website:  http://librawines.com/ Bill Hanson is no stranger to the Willamette Valley and to pinot noir. As the assistant winemaker for Panther Creek, he and the team there have carved out quite a name for themselves as producers of high quality Pinot Noir. His passion and know-how of producing good Pinot comes […]

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