Oregon Pinot and Syrah
Today, Oregon has close to 800 wineries, and Pinot Noir continues to star in that success story. Although the Willamette Valley vineyards remain the standard bearers for quality, Pinot Noir is grown all over the state, from the warm-climate vineyards of Southern Oregon—source for many of the inexpensive, fruitier styles—to the cooler Columbia Gorge.
Decades of research into soils, clones, site selection and careful, non-intrusive winemaking have continually ramped up quality.
SYRAH has proved successful around the world; wines are produced in many styles and display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing white and black pepper aromas and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.