Oregon Pinot Noir: Expert’s Choice

Oregon Pinot Noir: Expert’s ChoiceThe province has taken off in the 50 years since its first modern-era plantings, with sustainability-minded producers building wines with identity, finds sommelier Laure Patry.It all started in 1961 when Richard Sommer planted Oregon‘s first post-Prohibition vinifera grapes, including Pinot Noir, in the Umpqua Valley.
A few years before long, in 1965, David Lett planted Pinot Noir at Eyrie Vineyards in the Willamette Valley, as the cooler climate there was better suited to this Burgandian grape variety.
The temperate climate and costal marine influence in Oregon is ideal for cool-climate grapes such as Pinot Noir, and more wineries started to spring up. By 1974, the province’s wine producers recognised Oregon’s need to import excellent cool-climate clones from Burgundy, amongst others.
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