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Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Stoller's 2015 Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay is awash in Asian pear, lemon curd, granulated honey, and white flowers. The palate is delicate, with French oak so well integrated, it almost feels like a stainless ferment. Almost. Extended lees contact has graced this sustainably-grown Chardonnay with a silky, seamless texture that is as complex as it is lean and bright. Lots of mineral verve and palate tension that glides through to a mouthwatering finish of lemon zest and wet shell. 13.8% ABV | Sample Stoller Family Estate 9.2 Points...

Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Established by Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen in 1971, Knudsen Vineyards had long been a primary supplier of fruit to Argyle. The family's second generation, Page, Colin, and David Knudsen were determined to make their own wines from the estate. The 2015s mark their fourth vintage, and the wines are still vinified at Argyle. The 2015 Pinot Noir is graced with attractive, delicate aromas of lilacs, crushed flowers and rose hips. The palate is light and nimble, with nuanced black fruit alongside raspberry and cola notes twining hibiscus tea on the finish. Knudsen Vineyards 9.2 Points  ...

Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2014

Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2014

Enigmatic as all Véronique Boss-Drouhin's wines are, the 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir boasts freshness and poise in a ripe vintage year. Crushed lavender, cocoa powder, dried mint, underbrush, and an alluring array of red fruits lead into a wine that is medium-bodied and neatly trussed in fine tannins. White pepper and earth emerge at the close. 14.0% ABV | Sample Domaine Drouhin Oregon 91 Points...

Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Arthur 2014

Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Arthur 2014

Beautifully delineated, Domaine Drouhin's Arthur Chardonnay is pure and fresh, despite 2014 being a ripe year. Layers of crisp d'Anjou pear and apple, white flowers, white peach, granulated honey. It's equally delicate and finely wrought on the palate, with French oak lending playing a supporting role to an ethereal vein of minerality shines through this wine's limpid, sparkling and pale yellow countenance. There is a wisp of a suggestion of sweetness, like lemon cake, right at the core. Sample Domaine Drouhin Oregon 9.1 Points...

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2014

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2014

Beautiful, as are all of Stoller's wines, but young. I feel will benefit from just a little more time in bottle. I reviewed the 2013 Reserve Chardonnay and preferred it slightly over the 2014. Even so, 2014 offers layers of sensory charm and is laden with just-picked peaches and pear tartan, topped off with a whiff of caramel and vanilla. On the palate, it's round and welcoming—peaches and cream followed by a subtle burst of lemon zest, dried pineapple, apricot and baking spice. Sample Stoller Family Estate 9.0 Points...

Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling Brut NV

Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling Brut NV

Convivial and crisp, Sokol Blosser's Evolution Sparkling Brut is one of the better priced sparkling wines from Oregon's Willamette Valley. It offers up a nose of green apple, pear and white flowers. On the palate, it's lively and crisp. It's not a complex bubbly, but it is pleasantly carefree on a Sunday afternoon. 11.5% ABV | Sample Sokol Blosser 8.7 Points...

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Lilting aromas of apricot, pear, dried honey, lemon curd, anise. Stoller's Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2013 is clean and focused on the palate and more delicate than most. The perception is one of silkiness with beautifully integrated oak (you’d hardly know it’s there) except as a textural component, lending structure, allowing pure orchard fruit notes to shine through. This is a charming Oregon Chardonnay, and very drinkable at 12.9% ABV. If you haven't visited their tasting room, do. The view is breathtaking. Sample Stoller Family Estate 9.1 Points...

Durant Vineyards 'La Paloma' Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013

Durant Vineyards ‘La Paloma’ Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013

Durant Vineyard's Dundee Hills La Paloma Pinot Noir 2013 doesn't disappoint. This is their 40th Anniversary edition, and I can smell its heady aromatics with the glass sitting more than two feet away (that always charms me). Cherry turnover, vanilla, rose petal and anise are anchored in a subtly earthy embrace. It's silky on entry, with ripe tannins. This is a more fruit-driven Pinot than most examples from the 2013 vintage, offering ample drinking pleasure. The finish is clad in baking spice and rosy purfume. 13.6% ABV | Sample Durant Vineyards 8.9 Points...

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013

Stoller's 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir opens with strawberry creme and raspberry tart, the nose is delicate, slightly faint and slightly sweet. On the palate—the only ripple amidst inner creaminess is a moderate level of acidity—just red berries, red apple skins, and a touch of minerality on the finish. I wanted to see a bit more concentration here, it's good, but not excellent. 12.9% ABV | Sample Stoller Family Estate 8.7 Points...

Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2014

Knudsen Vineyards Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2014

From the Knudsen family estate vineyard, established in 1971, is this elegant 2014 Dundee Hills Chardonnay. What makes this bottling special is that the Knudsen's have long been growers for Argyle. The 2014 vintage is the first wine they've vinified under their own label in over 25 years and it's a stunning effort. A testament to the fact that pleasure is possible where restraint rules. The nose is imbued with lemon tart, d'Anjou pear, and talcum powder. That citrusy, powdery-bordering-on chalky note carries on the palate as well, punctuated by acidity that hits on the sides of the tongue, followed by a pronounced mineral surge dusted with baking spices. 13.5% ABV | Sample Knudsen Vineyards 9.1 Points...