92 points & Expert’s Choice in Decanter

Expert’s Choice: Oregon Pinot Noir The Willamette Valley, with its distinctive soils and generally mild climate, has found great success with this temperamental, traditionally Burgundian variety. Charles Curtis MW shares his top Oregon Pinot Noir selections.

Our 2018 Goodrich Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points by Decanter Magazine:

“Planted in 2007, this vineyard delivers exuberant fruit with depth and complexity. A proportion of whole clusters are used, and the wine is aged for 10 months in French casks, 20% new. The result delivers ripe mulberry and fig fruit with notes of smoke and well-integrated oak spice. The density is balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity that leads to a persistent finish.” – Charles Curtis MW(at Expert’s choice tasting: Oregon Pinot Noir, 14 Dec 2020)

This review is part of a feature on Oregon Pinot Noirs:

“The received wisdom is that Pinot Noir is a capricious grape to grow. Despite the difficulties, however, it has settled in quite comfortably in Oregon.

There are stunning wines being produced in this corner of the Pacific Northwest. As Véronique Drouhin puts it: ‘There aren’t many places on earth where Pinot Noir grows well. Oregon is absolutely one of the few where the delicate grape variety expresses itself in such a refined way.

Given its somewhat temperamental nature, site is everything.

The success of recent bottlings from many producers shows that, while this is true, limestone and marl aren’t necessarily part of the equation. These soil types, found in Burgundy, simply don’t exist in the Willamette Valley…”

Read the whole story here. London-based Decanter Magazine is published in dozens of countries worldwide.

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