Willamette Valley Riesling or Pinot Blanc

The old vine Riesling at Hyland Vineyard, made by others but also the Hyland Estates brand, is something special I think. They also have old vine Gewurtzraminer in addition to heritage clone selection Pinots from material planted in the early 70s. I think Martin Woods gets some of their Riesling from Hyland, (there is a younger block on the North side of the site as well). The tasting room is in Dundee.
Have to second Pierce Riesling by Jess Pierce.

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Thank you everyone for your tips. We’re really looking forward to to this trip—it will be our first time in Oregon and probably our first time having some of these wines. Now we just need to figure out when exactly to schedule it! (Currently leaning towards the first week of November in order to avoid harvest time.)


just fyi, while the rest of the world seems to have been very warm this year we didn’t have bloom until June 30th. For any vineyards with full set, it’s likely that we’ll be picking mid-October with ferments running into mid-November.

Thanks, Marcus. So you think late September or early October would be a better time to visit? (I’ve never done this kind of trip before, so I really appreciate the advice.)

I’ll reach out to schedule a tasting at Goodfellow once we book flights.

I have had good riesling at Lemelson and J. Christopher (owned by Erni Loosen) in addition to previous recommendations.

I just helped bottle some 2021 Lemelson and it was great. Bryan at Belle Pente also has Pinot Blanc. Lots of Riesling producers. Will have no trouble finding good ones.

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Mistaken, Bryan has Pinot Gris not blanc. He does have some Riesling as well. He is a place you should go.

St. Innocent makes a very good Pinot Blanc.


Mid-late September should be good.

While vineyards hit by the frost this spring will ripen quicker than normal, they won’t be overwhelming anyone with volume. And the later hanging fruit will be harvested in a period when we’re more susceptible to inclement weather(we’ll need to be focused for sure).

Definitely let me know when you’re heding this way, I’m happy to meet you at the winery while you’re here.

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Somebody should reach out to Jess Pierce and tell her to get her Berserker on.

-and I’m +1 on Love and Squalor too.

-and Jim, sorry to hear about the non pay bullshit. Folks, if you don’t have the money to pay for three vintages out right, then stay home.


Hi Doug,

The Pinot Blanc is aged in Acacia. It has a couple of grams of RS as well, so it is a richer style, though still only 12.8%.

Plus 1 on Pierce Riesling, not sure how I spaced that off earlier. It’s one of my favorites, but I buried my remaining bottles so that I wouldn’t drink them all.

Ribbon Ridge makes an excellent Riesling.

I think my most recent KF shipment had a Riesling in there, actually…

We had a very nice tasting which included an excellent Pinot Blanc and a decent Pinot Gris at Maysara in McMinnville back in March '21.

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I don’t seem to be able to post in the Berserker Day thead at this point, so i’ll just leave this here…

I received my 6 pack of the B-Day 2021 Paetra Pinot Blanc today, so I can definitely confirm it’s been bottled.
Also received a bonus bottle as was mentioned in the May email, mine was a 2020 Elwetritsche

Just letting folks know…

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As someone who has yet to visit the Willamette Valley (seriously thinking about it for 2024 or 2025 though), I’ve enjoyed the Brooks Rieslings.

St. Innocent is the only Oregon Pinot Blanc I’ve tried so far: it was a good everyday drinker. Haven’t had any of their wines in a number of years, though: maybe their PB has improved?

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Appreciate the heads up re: Paetra. They were on my list of Oregon producers to try, but I’ll pass on them now.

I actually opened this and drank it this week, 2021 Kelley Fox something something White Riesling. It was delicious. Floral, with bright citrus, asian pear, granny smith, mineral, maybe some kiwi. Great cut, and good balance, crisp and dry but with a balance if bright tart citrus fruit and more generous sweeter fruit. I found this very enjoyable.

Branching off of my original post, does anyone know someplace in or near McMinnville where I could taste some Pinot Noirs with some age on them? I’m new enough to wine that I’ve never had a chance to taste anything older than about 5-7 years. I’d love to get a chance to see what they taste like with a few years on them.

I thought that Cameron or Eyrie might offer library wines with their tastings, but neither are offering any tastings at all. Any other wineries nearby that might allow tastings of library wines? Would HiFi sell older wines from local wineries (preferably by the glass)?