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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The Eyrie Vineyards 2012 Original Vines Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

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Separate from the other Original Vines bottling, this is part of the new single-vineyard series, and includes the famed South Block grapes. Lush and fragrant, full-bodied yet in the classic, elegant Eyrie tradition, this bursts with complexity. Bramble, cherries, strawberry preserves, coffee grounds and a hint of root beer come together in a deep, dense and…

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2011 Édition Limitée Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

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A block selection, this most rare offering from DDO has rippingly good aromatics, intense and complex, with dusty, dreamy spices wrapped around a seamless mix of berry, earth and herbal components. The somewhat gritty texture gives it muscle and length, and the overall complexity suggests it can age for up to a quarter century. Drink now through 2035.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Shea 2012 Shea Vineyard Homer Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

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Homer is the estate reserve, wood-tank fermented and blended from the winemaker’s best barrels. Aromatic and toasty, it takes many hours to open fully, revealing a dense core of ripe cherry fruit wrapped in a mélange of tasty, toasty barrel flavors. Along with the gorgeous fruit comes a cavalcade of chocolate, caramel and buttered nuts. Drink now through 2020.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Sineann 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Columbia Gorge (OR))

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Even by past standards, this new vintage of Sineann’s Old Vine Zin is spectacular, with ripe, jammy, concentrated fruit flavors of fig, black cherry and purple plum. The balance among the fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol is spot-on, without blowing away the more subtle compexity of the old vine fruit.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2012 Édition Limitée Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)

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This reserve-level cuvée has been made since 2004, but in severely limited amounts. A mix of one-third new, one-third once-used and one-third neutral oak barrels aged the blend. Rich, tight and sappy, it shows generous ripe stone and tropical fruits, along with rich layers of butterscotch and toast. Drink now through 2025.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2013 Arthur Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)

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From 20-year-old, Dijon clone estate vines, this substantial, tongue-gripping Chardonnay has intense depth of flavor. A luscious mix of grapefruit, apple, melon, spice and mineral elements, it drives down through the palate and never quits.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Brittan Vineyards 2012 Gestalt Block Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

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This aptly expresses the characteristics of wines from the McMinnville AVA. A steely, peppery, gun-metal streak runs up and down the spine, with tight, compact blue and black fruits, ripping acidity, firm tannins and a light suggestion of root beer. It’s all in place in a wine that seems destined for a life of two decades or longer.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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Lemelson 2012 Chestnut Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

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This high-altitude, Chehalem Mountains vineyard puts on a show with this 2012. A sweet chocolate and cherry nose unfolds into a complex, elegant and beautifully proportioned wine, with blackberry, mineral and baking spice components. The lingering finish promises even better things to come if you give it another six to eight years in the cellar. Drink 2015 through 2025.

 — P.G.  (4/1/2015)
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