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Willamette Valley Wine Oregon

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One of Pinot Noir's most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.

The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.

Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc and Gamay.

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  • Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Shea Homer Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Shea Homer Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Antica Terra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Antica Terra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
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  • Archery Summit Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Archery Summit Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2009
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