What a difference a vintage makes!
September 7, 2011: For anyone that pays attention to wine vintages, we are in the mist of one of the greatest Oregon vintages of all time. When I first discovered Oregon Wine it was during the 2006 vintage. I was still on the east coast and although I had a limited selection I was blown away by the quality of bottles I had available to me. I thought that OR wine couldn't get ant better and I credit the 2006 vintage for my move to Oregon.
I was so compelled by the vintage I moved to Oregon to work at a vineyard. While at the vineyard we released the 2007 vintage which turned out to be less than stellar. With unfavorable weather conditions the vintage did not turn out to be as good as the 2006 leaving me to question if the 2006 vintage was just an admiration. However, when the 2008 vintage of Oregon Pinot Noir was released I realized that 2006 vintage was not the ceiling for Oregon wines. The 2008 vintage is fantastic and is widely considered one of the greatest vintages of all time and for my money I believe so. I have personally drank many bottles from a wide array of producers and have found them all to be of an elite quality. It will be my goal over the coming months to show an array of bottles and producers that might not be known by the general public but will present tremendous value and quality.
Matthew "The Oven" Levine