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Taking a trip to Willamette over Labor Day weekend and will be there for 2-3 days. I’ve had limited exposure to Willamette Pinots- most of my exposure has been to California. I tend to like a ‘less heavy’ expression of Pinot. More balanced or even somewhat lean.

Oregon producers I’ve got experience with, and greatly enjoyed, are Patricia Green, Belle Pente, and
Chehalem. Producers I suspect I’d like based on comments here and tasting notes on Cellartracker include Martello/Goodfellow, Biggio Hamina, Vincent, Cameron and Eyrie. Also planned on checking out Teutonic.

What other wineries would you recommend?
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Jason T wrote:Taking a trip to Willamette over Labor Day weekend and will be there for 2-3 days. I’ve had limited exposure to Willamette Pinots- most of my exposure has been to California. I tend to like a ‘less heavy’ expression of Pinot. More balanced or even somewhat lean.

Oregon producers I’ve got experience with, and greatly enjoyed, are Patricia Green, Belle Pente, and
Chehalem. Producers I suspect I’d like based on comments here and tasting notes on Cellartracker include Martello/Goodfellow, Biggio Hamina, Vincent, Cameron and Eyrie. Also planned on checking out Teutonic.

What other wineries would you recommend?
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#3 Post by Josh H »

Domaine Serene and Antica Terra
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#4 Post by Scott Tallman »

For Pinot, Kelley Fox.

For Pinot and whites, Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Crowley and Arterberry Maresh

For something different, Paetra
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#5 Post by Justin Brilman »

I would also check out

Big Table Farm
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Scott Tallman wrote:For Pinot, Kelley Fox.

For Pinot and whites, Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Crowley and Arterberry Maresh

For something different, Paetra
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Scott Tallman wrote:For Pinot, Kelley Fox.

For Pinot and whites, Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Crowley and Arterberry Maresh

For something different, Paetra
When you say something different what is it about Paetra that stands out.
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#8 Post by Cody S »

To echo what others have said-
Walter Scott
Crowley
Big Table Farms
Kelley Fox
Arterberry Maresh
Goodfewllow
Biggio Hamina
Patricia Green
Vincent

Not mentioned that we really enjoyed-
White Rose
Native Flora
Brick House
Prive
Cristom
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#9 Post by Brandon J. »

Jason,

I hope you enjoy yourself here, weather should be wonderful. Cody posted a nice list and he had a WV thread several months back and there is a great list of places in his threads.

If you really like delicate/light wines then:

Do these:
Goodfellow
Vincent
Crowley
Brick House
Trisaetum (for beautiful rieslings)
White Rose
Arterberry Maresh
Kelly Fox (hard to schedule though, she's a small operation)
Walter Scott (incredible Chardonnay)
Cristom (on the bigger side but still really nice)

This may be in bad taste but....

Don't visit Domaine Serene or Domaine Roy. They don't need your money and in my opinion, they don't represent Oregon pinot like some of the other producers.
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#10 Post by lleichtman »

Left out Moe Ayoub in Dundee. One of the best producers in the valley.
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#11 Post by Brandon J. »

lleichtman wrote:Left out Moe Ayoub in Dundee. One of the best producers in the valley.
Those wines aren't in the "delicate" lighter style. If that's what the OP is looking for, that's a subjective thing of course.
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#12 Post by Brandon J. »

Well look here, Madeline did all the work for us!

http://winefolly.com/review/self-guided ... te-valley/

I personally love this writer, her books and blogs have fantastic content. I wouldn't necessarily suggest all of these spots she visited but she does a really nice job covering the areas.
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mattcitrang wrote:
Scott Tallman wrote:For Pinot, Kelley Fox.

For Pinot and whites, Goodfellow, Walter Scott, Crowley and Arterberry Maresh

For something different, Paetra
When you say something different what is it about Paetra that stands out.
Bill focuses on Riesling, so not Pinot or Chard focused like most other WV wineries. But he does make a nice Pinot Blanc, and his Pinot Noir is worth trying.

As other noted, I would add Brick House to my list for Pinots and whites.

As for Kelley Fox, it used to be harder to visit when she was running things solo, but she has someone working for her now who handles appts so should not be hard to schedule something at her new space at Maysara. You may not get to taste with her, but if you do that will be a treat.
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#14 Post by Jason T »

Thanks all for the recommendations thus far. Lots of producers I’ve either not heard of or have heard very little... will check them out!

Agree on Domaine Serene not being a good fit. That style of operation isn’t my cup of tea, and just seems really out of character with the rest of Willamette.
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#15 Post by Vincent Fritzsche »

Jason, let me know if you want to set up an appointment. I'm always happy to meet Berserkers. Sounds like you have a lot of good people and places on your radar, enjoy!

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Vincent Fritzsche wrote:Jason, let me know if you want to set up an appointment. I'm always happy to meet Berserkers. Sounds like you have a lot of good people and places on your radar, enjoy!

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Please take my advice and go see Vincent! A wonderful spot, cool outdoor picnic table to taste at if the weather is good while you play some cornhole. Vincent’s wines are just incredible and are maybe the best value in the valley IMHO. While the Pinots are incredible, do not miss the chards!!!! We have been blowing through them like crazy. Oh, and he’s about the nicest guy you will ever meet and a true pleasure to taste with!
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Teutonic definitely fits the bill, just keep in mind that it is in urban Portland. They’re very much worth a visit.

You may also consider Blakeslee, just east of Newberg.
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TomC wrote:Teutonic definitely fits the bill, just keep in mind that it is in urban Portland. They’re very much worth a visit.

You may also consider Blakeslee, just east of Newberg.
Yep, I’ll be in Portland for a couple of days as well too, so if there’s any other wineries there other than Teutonic I should check out, I’m all ears.
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Jason,
You might want to stop by Longplay in Newberg (disclosure - I'm closely affiliated). I'm pretty flexible regarding hours (just call or text) and what wines I can open (I have about 30 different wines from 7 vintages in the tasting room). We probably can find a wine you'll like.
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Jason T wrote:
TomC wrote:Teutonic definitely fits the bill, just keep in mind that it is in urban Portland. They’re very much worth a visit.

You may also consider Blakeslee, just east of Newberg.
Yep, I’ll be in Portland for a couple of days as well too, so if there’s any other wineries there other than Teutonic I should check out, I’m all ears.
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#21 Post by Jim Vandegriff »

Maysara - incredible winery building, bio-dynamic farm, lovely wines and nice family. Check out the 3 degrees pinot noir for a lighter style, and the pinot gris for an aromatic experience. Kelley Fox makes her wines there.

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#22 Post by Kirk.Grant »

Josh H wrote:Domaine Serene and Antica Terra
These two are stylistically VERY different from what he said he is looking for. At least I think they are...these would be great reccomendations if he said he’s liked Archery Summit & Bergstrom...to my thoughts...just my $0.02
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#23 Post by Todd Hamina »

I have no idea what I will be doing Labor Day, but if I'm around let's meet. Also, I made a couple Rieslings awhile ago. 2010 and 2012 which are starting to come into their own... uninoculated, unfined, unfiltered, full Malo and technically dry. Menacing.
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#24 Post by Bill H o o p e r »

Thanks for the shout out! Look me up Jason! We'll scrub your palette clean with Riesling after all of those reds!
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#25 Post by Vincent Fritzsche »

Unfined, unfiltered, menacing?!? Sounds like Hamina!!! ;)
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Some takeaways from the week I spent in meetings back in November:
Coria Estate, I named Aurora Coria a winemaker to watch
Winderlea - Robert Brittan
Big Table Farm
Flaneur
Aerea
Domaine Roy & Fils
DeLancellotti
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#27 Post by Jason T »

Todd and Bill- sounds great and I’m ready for some Riesling. Will hit you guys up!
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#28 Post by IanBurrows »

dougwilder wrote: January 29th, 2018, 1:42 pm Some takeaways from the week I spent in meetings back in November:
Coria Estate, I named Aurora Coria a winemaker to watch
Winderlea - Robert Brittan
Big Table Farm
Flaneur
Aerea
Domaine Roy & Fils
DeLancellotti
Goodfellow
Thanks Doug! Humbled to be in such great company. We love sharing our Gamay with berserkers and are excited to partake in BerserkerDay this year with an incredible offer!

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IanBurrows wrote: January 13th, 2021, 10:31 am
dougwilder wrote: January 29th, 2018, 1:42 pm Some takeaways from the week I spent in meetings back in November:
Coria Estate, I named Aurora Coria a winemaker to watch
Winderlea - Robert Brittan
Big Table Farm
Flaneur
Aerea
Domaine Roy & Fils
DeLancellotti
Goodfellow
Thanks Doug! Humbled to be in such great company. We love sharing our Gamay with berserkers and are excited to partake in BerserkerDay this year with an incredible offer!
Looking forward to checking Aerea out!
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