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Oregon tasting notes

text and photographs © 2009 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Oregon wine.


Firesteed Oregon Chardonnay 2007
From Walla Walla fruit on the Oregon side of the Columbia valley , and touch of Willamette fruit to lower acidity slightly this has rich, toasty oak, but plenty of powerful white fruit. On the palate rich and creamy, but the acidity is good and pushes through. 88/100

Firesteed Pinot Noir 2007
Fruit source is 20% estate grown and 80% from Willamette growers, with touches from Walla Walla. Has a slightly brown colour, though there is 10% of other grapes in the blend, including a fair amount of white grapes. Earthy tones, with warm briar and cherry. Nice grip, and whilst a fairly rustic, chunky style, really good Pinot character. Winemaker Bryan Croft uses the 'Pulse-air' system in his fermentation tanks for this wine, which sends a huge, three-foot diameter bubble of compressed air through the tank to break the cap and circulate the contents without oxidising or over-macerating the fruit. 88/100

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