Rating 86+


No. 38

Laura Volkman Vineyards
2007 Oregon St. James Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains
$20, 2–3 years

Typical pinot noir scents and flavors with good intensity and length.


No. 39

2008 Pinot Gris
‘Croft Vineyard’
Willamette Valley
$18, drink now

Quite long on the palate for the price, with plenty of old-vine richness tasted at the midpalate.


No. 40

Cooper Mountain
2007 Pinot Gris
‘20th Anniversary Reserve’
Washington County
$15, drink now

Rich apple flavors that linger on the palate.

Rating 86


No. 41

2008 Chardonnay
Willamette Valley
$19, drink now

Firm green-apple acidity and not a whiff of oak. Virgin chardonnay.