Travel Portland has released their much-anticipated annual list of top Oregon wines, chosen through a blind-tasting panel. Below are some of our favorite wineries that made the cut.
2013 Gamay Rosé
Eola-Amity Hills, $21
97.5 Love Beaujolais? This pretty, dark pink rosé offers a clean finish that begs for burgers and ribs.
“What a distinctive take on one of my favorite ‘underdog’ grapes! Playful, vibrant, and beautiful, with flavors of bright strawberries and cherries.” —Colin Howard (owner, Oso Market and Bar)
2012 Estate Block 9-115 Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $44
97.1 Think dark cherry pie filling with notes of juniper and pine—perhaps infused with aromas from the protected Douglas fir woodland bordering this LIVE and Salmon Safe–certified vineyard.
2010 Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $45
97 Bright and juicy, this approachable wine is like a grown-up’s Vanilla Cherry Coke, with bold, ripe fruit and vanilla from a year spent aging in French oak barrels.
Rogue Valley, $22
94.5 Ripe and rich, this über-drinkable merlot offers clean flavors of sweet orange peel, cherries, and roses.