Rating 88

No. 45

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
2006 Pinot Noir
‘Inaugural Reserve’
$50, 4–7 years

A balanced and well-structured, intense wine that well expresses the typical character of pinot noir.

No. 46

2006 Pinot Noir
‘SV Estate’
Dundee Hills
$40, 4–6 years

Finely grained textures and good length.

No. 47

Eyrie Vineyards
2007 Chardonnay
‘Original Vines Reserve’
Dundee Hills
$33, 4–7 years

An unctuous style that isn’t for everyone, this chardonnay has a rich texture found only in wine from old vines.

No. 48

Spangler Vineyards
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
‘Estate Reserve’
Umpqua Valley
$50, 7–10 years

Black-currant scents and rich midpalate weight found only in wines made from old-vine fruit.

No. 49

Velocity Cellars
2005 Velocity Malbec Blend
Rogue Valley
$25, 5–6 years

Mulberry scents with rich, long flavors. Southern Oregon’s climate is nicely tuned to malbec grapes.

No. 50

Vidon Vineyard
2007 Pinot Noir
‘Hans Clone Pommard’
Chehalem Mountains
$48, 6–9 years

Solidly made berry-scented wine with typical pinot characteristics.

No. 51

Witness Tree Vineyard
2006 Pinot Noir
‘Vintage Select’
Eola-Amity Hills
$40, 4–6 years

Excellent ripe cherry flavors typical of Eola Hills pinot noir.

Rating 88-

No. 52

Lemelson Vineyards
2008 Pinot Gris ‘Tikka’s Run’
Willamette Valley
$19, 1–2 years

Complex apple flavors that linger on the palate.

No. 53

De Ponte Cellars
2008 Melon de Bourgogne
‘DFB, Estate’
Dundee Hills
$24, drink now

Tart ocean-spray scent with an interesting, lingering flavor that complements shellfish perfectly.