Every now and then a vintage comes along that can define a region. For Oregon, draw a big circle around 2008 and make a note: "As good as it gets." The Pinot Noirs from that year came out so consistently superb that Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman rated the vintage a classic 97 points on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, the highest ever for this region. And, once all of the wines from the state's top producers are released and tasted, by around this time next year, the final rating for the vintage could be higher.
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