I don't drink a lot of Oregon Pinot Noir. However, I'm starting to think maybe I should. The 2007 vintage in Oregon is a somewhat maligned vintage; many professional rags and amateur wine lovers alike were not very fond of 2007 from the start. There was a lot of rain right around harvest time requiring skilled winemakers to prevent wines that were too light or washed out. I recently had the opportunity to try several 2007 Oregon Pinots and figured I'd post on a couple...notes on several others will follow.
2007 Harmonia is a beautiful pinot made by winemaker-ownder Michael Beckely. This wine is a tremendous value for pinot coming in at around $18. The wine shows a skillful touch from a winemaker in tune with restraint and power without weight. Matt Kramer from Wine Spectator had some high praise for this wine in saying "In addition to exceptional quality, here's the clincher: price. To find an Oregon pinot noir that limbos under the $20 bar is rare enough. To find an Oregon pinot noir this good at just $18 is nothing less than unheard of." This was indeed a delicious and interesting wine that I'd like to drink again.
2007 Eyrie Vineyards. Eyrie has a long history of producing world class Pinot Noir from Oregon's Wilamette Valley; Eyrie was, in fact, the first winery to plant Pinot Noir in Oregon back in the 60s. This 2007 was not quite in the same league as the Harmonia for me. It lacked any real personality, and of the 2007s I've opened recently, it showed most like a wine produced in a tough rain-soaked vintage. There was nothing obviously wrong with the wine, and there are probably worse ways to spend $25, it just didn't move me this time.