Pinot Noir dominates in Oregon in terms of quality, familiarity and production, with 60 percent of the state's 25,440 vineyard acres planted to the variety. However, Chardonnay is coming on strong, and it's the most consistent variety in Harvey Steiman's latest Oregon tasting report (see the Jan. 31–Feb. 28 issue of the magazine); 38 percent of the current offerings reviewed scored 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale. Other whites offered their share of top-scorers as well, including refreshing, tangy Pinot Gris and off-dry Rieslings.
February 12, 2014