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Review: 2005 Panther Creek Willamette Valley Reserve Pinot

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://panthercreekcellars.com Located in McMinnville, Oregon, Panther Creek Cellars has become one of the “go-to” pinot producers of the Willamette Valley because of its continued quality in a variety of price points. This reserve bottling combines top fruit from various vineyards across the Willamette Valley. Technical Data:  Appellation: Willamette Valley Alcohol: […]

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Review: 2009 Luminous Hills Pinot Noir Lux

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.luminoushills.com/ I first met owner/winemaker, Byron Dooley at the Yamhill tasting event back in June and he was serving up what was probably my favorite Pinot of the day. Talk to him even briefly and you’ll see and hear his passion for producing varietally correct wines that reflect the region […]

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2008 NxNW Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

King Estate winery has several brands under its  corporate umbrella, one of which is North by Northwest – wines that feature fruit from Washington State. They source from some of Washington’s best vineyard sites and work diligently to make wines that over-deliver quality for the price. Technical Data: Vineyard Sources: 22% Kiona, 15% Alder Ridge, 15% […]

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Review: Ghost Hill Cellars – 3-way Round-up

Winemaker Rebecca Pittock was a jet-engine mechanic in the Oregon Air National Guard and within the past few years has traded in wrenches for hoses, pumps and barrels. Her natural wit, charm and passion comes out in every bottle she makes – these wines are under the Ghost Hill Cellars label. Rebecca partnered with a […]

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Review: 2009 Acrobat Wines

For most Northwest wine lovers, the great state of Oregon produces some of their favorite Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines and there’s no mystery as to why. Oregon is a world class producer of both of these varietals and has done a stellar job with them so far. King Estate has a label called […]

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2008 King Estate Domaine Pinot Gris – Review

King Estate is an iconic producer of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in the state of Oregon. They consistently churn out quality wines that are consistently good.  Based in Eugene, King Estate was started in 1991 and has 1,033 acres of estate fruit and is a long-time favorite of wine drinkers in the Northwest. Technical […]

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Review: 2008 Ghost Hill Pinot Noir

Ghost Hill Cellars is really all about the history of the land it sits on which was first bought back in 1906 by the Bayliss family. Even thought it has changed formats during its 100-year tenure – going from dairy to growing grapes – is history is very much a part of what’s in the […]

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Review: A pair of Panther Creek 2007 Pinot Noir’s

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.panthercreek.com Panther Creek, located in McMinnville Oregon, is passionate about its wine and that passion leads them to source fruit from some of that state’s top vineyard spots who are operated by folks who have a similar passion. Its Pinot Noir has garnered a large number of accolades over the years […]

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Panther Creek whites – what a pair

Based in McMinnville Oregon, Panther Creek Cellars has been at it since 1986 with a model of picking top-shelf vineyards in its surrounding areas. Their goal? Simple. Produce best-of-class wines that reflect the terroir of each vineyard and ultimately showcase what Oregon is capable of. I fell in love with their wines last year so it’s […]

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2006 Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir – Review

Argyle winery in Oregon’s Williamette Valley is one of that state’s definitive wineries and has been leading the charge for Oregon grape varieties since 1987 – it has since established itself amongst the wine-drinking world as a staple producer of  pinot noir. This winery owns and farms three vineyards: Knudsen Vineyard, Stroller and Lonestar vineyards […]

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2006 Panther Creek Freedom Hill Pinot Noir – Review

According to Robert Parker, Panther Creek Cellars is ” one of the most consistent, high quality, Oregon wineries” and based on our initial samplings of its wines, could hardly disagree.  Since 1986, this winery has been producing top-quality wines which showcase what the great state of Oregon can produce – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It, like […]

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2005 Argyle Brut Sparkling Wine – Review

The state of Oregon is renown for making world-class Pinot Noir wines that have touched the hearts of wine-lovers everywhere but some may be surprised to learn that it produces some really elegant sparkling wines as well – if you want to call it Champagne, then feel free – I promise I won’t send the […]

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Review: Yamhill 2005 Estate Pinot Noir

I have to be honest in that I got a bit bummed out the way other varietals got slammed in the movie sideways and how the film elevated Pinot Noir to a very noble status. I’m not suggesting that it’s not a noble grape, however, am just saying that I think that film in particular […]

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