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Oregon's Pinot Noir Styles

January 22, 2014

Oregon's signature Pinot Noir style combines the transparency and light texture of Burgundy with the ripe flavors of California. Variation among individual producers and vintages spreads the spectrum of choices further. In his latest tasting report, editor at large Harvey Steiman finds that the state's current vintages offer a little of everything for Pinot Noir lovers—from 2011s, the lightest Pinots Oregon has produced in years, to the ripe, supple, soon-to-be-released 2012s, with the 2010s in between. (See his report, based on reviews of nearly 375 Pinot Noirs, in the Jan. 31-Feb. 28, 2014, issue of Wine Spectator.)

Which style of Oregon Pinot do you prefer?

Light, delicate and restrained

Deeper flavors but moderate alcohol levels

Ripe flavors and supple textures


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