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Red wines : Willamette Valley (AVA)

Location:
The Willamette Valley is 150 miles long and up to 60 miles wide making it Oregon's largest AVA. It runs from the Columbia River in Portland south through Salem to the Calapooya Mountains outside Eugene. Named for the river that flows through it, the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Oregon and includes six sub-appellations: Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton District and the recently approved Chehalem Mountains.
 
The Numbers:
200 wineries, 10,000 acres of wine grapes

Climate:
The Willamette Valley is relatively mild throughout the year, with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. While moisture is abundant, most of the rainfall occurs in the winter, not during growing season. This temperate climate, combined with coastal marine influences, make the gentle growing conditions within the Valley ideal for cool climate grapes, including Pinot noir. The Valley enjoys more daylight hours during the growing season than in any other area of the state. During this longer growing season, the Willamette Valley enjoys warm days and cool nights, a diurnal temperature swing that allows the wine grapes to develop their flavor and complexity while retaining their natural acidity.
 
Soils:
The Willamette Valley is an old volcanic and sedimentary seabed that has been overlaid with gravel, silt, rock and boulders brought by the Missoula Floods from Montana and Washington between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago. The most common of the volcanic type is red Jory soil, which is found above 300 feet elevation (as it had escaped the Missoula Floods deposits) and is between four and six feet deep and provides excellent drainage for superior quality wine grapes. Anything below 300 feet elevation is primarily sedimentary-based soil.
 
Topography:
The Willamette Valley is protected by the Coast Range to the west, the Cascades to the east and a series of hill chains to the north. Its namesake, the Willamette River, runs through its heart. The largest concentration of vineyards are located to the west of this river, on the leeward slopes of the Coast Range, or among the valleys created by the river's tributaries. While most of the region's vineyards reside a few hundred feet above sea level, parts of the Willamette Valley do reach much higher. The Chehalem Mountains are the highest mountains in the Valley with their tallest point, Bald Peak, rising 1,633 feet above sea level.
 
Predominant Varieties:
Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, White Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Muller Thurgau, Gewurztraminer, Viognier
 
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Wines 1 - 20 out of 1.081 Wine(s) found
 
Archery Summit Pinot Noir Premier Cuvee 2013
Archery Summit Pinot Noir Premier Cuvee 2013
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Good  1 review   
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard 2012
Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard 2012
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Hamacher Pinot Noir 2011
Hamacher Pinot Noir 2011
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Antica Terra Pinot Noir 2010
Antica Terra Pinot Noir 2010
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Domaine Drouhin - Oregon - Pinot Noir 2006
Domaine Drouhin - Oregon - Pinot Noir 2006
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Good  1 review   
Belle Vallee Pinot Noir 2005
Belle Vallee Pinot Noir 2005
Eola-Amity Hills (AVA) (Willamette Valley (AVA), Oregon, United States)
1 review   
Tom Burnakis :  Very Bergundian - For an Oregon Pinot at this price point this is a really... 
Domaine Drouhin - Oregon - Pinot Noir 2005
Domaine Drouhin - Oregon - Pinot Noir 2005
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Good  1 review   
RP  90
Tom Burnakis :  A visit from abroad - Very tasty, dark burgundy color with lots of lively... 
Le Cadeau Vineyard Pinot Noir Côte Est 2005
Le Cadeau Vineyard Pinot Noir Côte Est 2005
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
1 review   
RP  90
Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2005
Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2005
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Tom Burnakis :  NIce job Thea! - Big nose of blueberry and plum, very pleasing to the... 
Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve 2004
Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve 2004
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Tom Burnakis :  Not only Serene, but devine - I do not say this lightly - this is a wine... 
Van Duzer Flagpole Block Pinot Noir 2004
Van Duzer Flagpole Block Pinot Noir 2004
Eola-Amity Hills (AVA) (Willamette Valley (AVA), Oregon, United States)
Very good  1 review   
Tom Burnakis :  Run it up the flagpole - Very big Pinot from the Willamette Valley in... 
The Four Graces - Pinot Noir 2003
The Four Graces - Pinot Noir 2003
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Good  1 review   
RP  86
Tom Burnakis :  Missing a Grace - Wow, this is why they make both chocolate and vanilla!... 
Argyle - Pinot Noir 2013
Argyle - Pinot Noir 2013
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Bow & Arrow Wines - Rhinestones 2011
Bow & Arrow Wines - Rhinestones 2011
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vineyard 2011
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vineyard 2011
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard 2011
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard 2011
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Mccrone Vineyard 2011
Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Mccrone Vineyard 2011
Willamette Valley (AVA) (Oregon, United States)
Evening Land Vineyards - Silver Label Seven Springs Estate Pinot Noir 2010
Evening Land Vineyards - Silver Label Seven Springs Estate Pinot Noir 2010
Eola-Amity Hills (AVA) (Willamette Valley (AVA), Oregon, United States)
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