Paul Gregutt

Paul Gregutt

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Oregon and Canada.

Contributing Editor Paul Gregutt has been reviewing Pacific Northwest wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine since 2000, and currently reviews wines from Oregon and Canada. Gregutt's book, Washington Wines & Wineries: the Essential Guide, is now in its second edition and has been released in both paperback and e-book formats. In addition to his work for print, Gregutt writes a well-read blog at www.paulgregutt.com. He and his wife Karen also operate Waitsburg Cottages, vacation rentals in Walla Walla wine country.

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Styring 2012 Wit Reserve Estate Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge)

  1. $100

The aromatic opening suggests tea and tobacco, while the palate is packed with blackberry, black cherry and cassis fruit. This wine has density and complexity yet it’s smooth, superrich, toasty and chocolaty. It manages to retain a sense of finesse along with all that power.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
95
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Archery Summit 2012 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

Complex, classy winemaking is evident from the first sniff to the final sip. Savory notes of green tea and clean earth complement a terroir-driven wine. The notes and nuances pile on? flowers and fruits, cherry and cassis, a whiff of barnyard and undergrowth. The lingering, expressive finish is already boggling, and seems sure to continue to evolve gracefully…

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
95
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Bergström 2013 Sigrid Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $85

The Sigrid never fails to deliver lush fruit and hedonistic barrel flavors. However in cooler years, when the alcohol falls below 14%, it has something extra when details of skin and flower emerge as well. This is a wine of power and finesse, with juicy pear and peach, supple acids, brioche and toasted biscuit, underscored with refreshing minerality. Drink now…

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
points

DanCin 2013 Capriccio Chardonnay (Southern Oregon)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32

Refined, sleek and supple, this wine mixes trim fruit flavors of apple and papaya, firmly supported by medium-strength acids. There’s a streak of baking spices, and a finish laden with buttered nuts, all in proportion, with nothing dominant. In short, this is a super-long, exceptional wine.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
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DanCin 2013 Chassé Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $29

This splendid effort is sourced from the Durant Vineyard, and aged in neutral French oak for seven months prior to bottling. Spicy and dense, it’s a lively blend of lime, apple, apricot and pear fruits. A trickle of juicy acidity pulls the flavors through into a finish with streaks of vanilla and clove. The 20-year-old vines provide the complexity and detail that…

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Archery Summit 2012 Archery Summit Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

  1. $150

Brambly cherry fruit carries a generous amount of vanilla and clove highlights, along with a lightly smoky aroma of Earl Grey tea. Such details bring the wine to a deliciously satisfying finish.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
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DanCin 2012 Melodia Pinot Noir (McMinnville)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $39

With fruit sourced from the excellent Hyland Vineyard, this blends a pair of Dijon clones and was aged in half new French oak for 15 months. Black cherry and cola syrup flavors combine in a sappy, concentrated midpalate. Highlights of underbrush and balsamic add flavor interest, and the dry, polished tannins frame the flavors perfectly. There’s every reason to…

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
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DanCin 2012 Trata Pinot Noir (Southern Oregon)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $42

You’ll find it difficult to keep your hands off this gem, a block selection from the estate vineyard. The name, notes the winery, comes from an ancient Greek dance. Dark, smoky and toasty, this gripping wine is tight-knit and packed with raspberry and black cherry fruit, set against sweet baking spices. The balance is perfect, and this will drink well now through 2030.

 — P.G.  (8/1/2015)
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