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A new appreciation for Willamette Valley whites

tim irvine | Aug 7, 201905:27 PM     5

I’ve always loved Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, from the relatively inexpensive, lighter Gamay types to the intense Pommards from Ribbon Ridge, but I believe that they are really upping their game with whites. The Pinot Gris has a lot of styles. To me the sweet spot is The Eyrie, both fruity and full of great minerals. The Pinot Blancs are good and getting more consistent. The local style with Chardonnay, devoid of that weird Chardonnay note that overwhelms in the less expensive California Chards, is much lighter than in California. The rising stars, however, are the Rieslings and Muller Thurgaus. They range from dry to an intriguing sweet up front but much drier on the back end. I also like the blends, both red and white. They aren’t fancy or sophisticated, but Sokol Blosser’s E line is very nice and quite affordable in both red and white.

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