Over the years the Oregon wine industry has grown and become explosive. The US state is now a wine-making power house and one of the top producing states of superb quality Pinot Noirs. Here are some Oregon Pinot Noir producers whose wines have been leading the charge in this new wave of producers.
David Adelsheim is the founder of Adelsheim vineyard which is dedicated to creating world-class wines and elevating wine lovers with the unique spirit and beauty of Oregon. The vineyard was founded with a positive spirit and a lofty dream of building a world-class wine in an undiscovered wine region in the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon.
What sets Adelsheim apart is the fact that it is a live certified sustainable winery. Being Live implies that
- It makes use of comprehensive sets of standards and procedures to ensure that both wine grape farming and winemaking production have minimal environmental impact.
- It completes a series of requirements yearly that confirms their compliance with LIVE standards.
- Adelsheim wines are independently certified to meet international standards for environmentally and socially responsible grape growing in the Pacific Northwest
In addition, David’s believes that it is better to allow his good works speak for him and that is why he has no interest in the winemaking techniques that are obscure; instead, he prefers to discover new techniques that highlight the distinctive characteristics of his wines and this is very evident in their wines when one tries them.
Alex Sokol Blosser is the producer of Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir which is a family owned winery that has and is continuing the development and shaping Oregon’s wine industry. With over fifteen years’ experience in the wine industry, Alex Sokol Blosser is the fourth winemaker in Sokol Blosser’s history.
What makes Alex unique is the fact that he enjoys creating wines of world-class qualities with distinctive flavors in a sustainable and friendly environment. His mission is to achieve a reputation as a world-renowned producer of fabulous and sought-after wines.
At present, some of the unique wines produced by Alex Sokol includes Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Goosepen Block Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir, Orchard Block Pinot Noir, Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir and one must also note he also makes a terrific Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Big Tree Block Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, White Riesling, Evolution White, Evolution Red, a white Riesling dessert wine and the Evolution Sparkling.
Phil Kramer and Heidi Kramer are the co-owners of Alexeli which is a family vineyard situated along the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon’s beautiful East Willamette Valley. Alexeli vineyard and winery offer a casual backyard feel with serene views of the countryside; it also contains healthy fruit for handcrafted estate wines.
What makes Alexeli Vineyard standout is the facts that they take pride in raising healthy fruit for high-quality handcrafted wines and the vines are rooted on a high wire system to increase sun and wind exposure, thus creating a preventative disease control system.
Phil Kramer also practices sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture, and the vineyard has also achieved LIVE certification. Whether you just want to celebrate with friends, have a conversation around a dinner table or relax at a vineyard, Alexeli is a terrific expression of Oregon Pinot Noir at its core.
One must understand that Oregon Pinot Noir production is quite small yet of extremely high quality and therefore one should be prepared to pay high almost Burgundy type prices but these Pinot Noirs have earned this pricing over the last 40 years of development.
These three producers are great leaders but one should also remember that there are many top notch small producers in Oregon creating top of the line Pinot Noirs to compete with the best from any other country; if of course you can get your hands on them.