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Ten out­stand­ing pinot noirs from Ore­gon’s Wil­lamette Valley, whose wines em­u­late the best of Bur­gundy. 176 Five Rhein­gau ries­lings of 2015 not to miss. 178 Three con­sec­u­tive ex­cel­lent sea­sons in Ore­gon prom­ise to de­liver plenty of treats

Wine­mak­ers in the state of Ore­gon, which bor­ders northern Cal­i­for­nia, have en­joyed three con­sec­u­tive out­stand­ing vin­tages, 2014-16, and are mak­ing some of the most ex­cit­ing pinot noirs in the world. The wines, which can em­u­late the best of Bur­gundy, have a unique pu­rity of fruit due to the coastal state’s cool cli­mate. James Suck­ling presents 10 out­stand­ing ex­am­ples af­ter tast­ing close to 300 in the Wil­lamette Valley in Oc­to­ber

drouhin ore­gon rose­rock eola-amity hills Zéphirine 2014 Juicy and in­tense. Lots of plum and choco­late with cedar un­der­tones. Full bod­ied and vel­vety, pretty and gor­geous. Love the fruit and tex­ture. Racy and fine. Drink now.

96 points

an­tica terra Wil­lamette Valley Ceras 2014 A phenom­e­nal wine with such clar­ity and en­ergy. Vivid. Full body, firm and silky. A sleep­ing beauty. Den­sity with pol­ish. The salin­ity is so cool and gives it com­plex­ity. Glo­ri­ous. Drink or hold.

96 points

do­maine Serene Wil­lamette Valley mono­gram 2012 Aro­mas of blue­berry, black­berry, as­phalt, peach and or­ange peel. Fan­tas­tic. A full-bod­ied, ex­tremely pol­ished red with vel­vety tan­nins. Cen­tre palate is su­perb. For­est fruits, fresh mush­room and dried flow­ers. Glo­ri­ous fruit and length. Much bet­ter in 2022 but a joy now. Mod­ern art in the bot­tle. 98 points

Soter Vine­yards yamhill­carl­ton min­eral Springs ranch 2014 Ter­rific aro­mas of strawberry and rose petal. Su­perb en­ergy and vi­brancy. Full body, in­cred­i­ble power and depth, with fab­u­lous bal­ance and in­ten­sity. A tightly wound ball of silk. Super qual­ity here. Bet­ter in 2020. 98 points

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