Oregon Waits for 2008

A dream vintage is in the offing for Pinot Noir. In the meantime, choose among the robust ’06s and fragile ’07s
Harvey Steiman
Issue: February 28, 2010

Summer temperatures were so cool in Oregon in 2008 that Pinot Noir producers worried that they would never get their grapes ripe. But when the calendar turned to October, the sun came out and kept shining until all the grapes were in. Temperatures stayed warm but not hot. In cellar after cellar on a visit this past September, editor at large Harvey Steiman tasted barrels, tanks and just-bottled wines of light texture and refinement, with glowing flavors, silky tannins, long finishes and that elusive element every Pinot Noir producer seeks-finesse.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands February 2, 2010.

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