The vintage had wonderful quality and high yields. All good for the consumer.
The growing season was exceptional starting with early flower buds followed by a near perfect weather for the balance of the season. Overall the quality has been very good to excellent with plenty of sugar and enough acid to balance it and thankfully, lower than average pH levels.
WineSpectator rated the vintages as follow: 2014 = 96 points, and 2015 = 95 points. WineSpectator’s testing found 60% of the Pinots rated 90 points or higher. What a great time to improve your inventory balance.
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Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Beaux Frères Vineyard rated 95 points @ $100
Offers impressive presence and polish, with a multilayered, complex core wrapped in rich, expressive blueberry and cherry flavors, accented by savory spice and espresso details. Builds depth as this dances toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 2,700 cases made.
The Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 rated 93 @ 32
An expressive and supple version, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2024. 14,140 cases made
Résonance Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 rated 93 @ $45
Supple and elegantly structured, with expressive raspberry and orange zest aromas and polished flavors that pick up depth and momentum toward a spicy finish framed by refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,000 cases made
Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 rated 90 @ $23
Lithe and elegant, with pretty cherry and orange blossom aromas and long, harmonious flavors that glide along. Drink now through 2020. 28,000 cases made.
A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon The Essence Of Oregon rated 91 @ $23
Lightly prickly tannins surround a sleek, supple core of raspberry, cherry and floral flavors. A hint of savory spice adds to the gentle finish. Best from 2018 through 2022. 10,513 cases made.
The Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 rated 93 @ $32
An expressive and supple version, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2024. 14,140 cases made.
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Castle Rock Pinot Noir Willamette Valley rated 88 @ $14
A snappy little Pinot, easygoing and crisp, with strawberry and spice flavors. Drink now through 2019. 16,195 cases made.
A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon rated 89 @ $ 20
Fresh and zesty, with vibrant cherry and orange peel flavors that dance along a perky, crisp finish. Drink now through 2021. 175,000 cases made.
Erath Pinot Noir Oregon rated 89 @ $19
Bright and sleek, with powdery tannins underlying pretty pomegranate and pear flavors, lingering gently. Drink now through 2020. 263,200 cases made.
Kings Ridge Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015 rated 89 @ $18
Focused on a medium-weight frame, this offers cherry, licorice and wet earth flavors that glide over powdery tannins and into a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. 21,000 cases made.
Kirkland Signature – Pinot Noir rated about 88 points @ $15.
We have tried a number of the Kirkland wines. If you find one that is to your liking then buy up quickly as they disappear quickly. They can use a little decanting.