Steven Spurrier's top wines to put in the cellar

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Steven Spurrier to the cellar 2013, Elk Cove Willamette Valley

Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

Oregon was the first major planting of Pinot Noir outside Burgundy, starting from the late 1960s, but has been overshadowed in New World terms by New Zealand. A comprehensive tasting of 60 wines across the 2011, 2010 and 2009 vintages reminded me just how good they are. I’ve selected a few from the 2009 vintage (fewer than half the wineries have UK representation) which are drinking well now, while those from the cooler 2010 vintage still need time to round out. Domaine Drouhin, Cuvée Laurène (£36, widely available via UK agent Fields Morris & Verdin) shows its Burgundian heritage with great purity and depth of fruit; Elk Cove, Willamette Valley (£28.50, Amathus Wines) has great spice, lift and good middle sweetness; Sokol Blosser, Estate (£34.50, Les Caves de Pyrène) has slightly earthy fruit and good length; Soter, North Valley (£30, Handford) has vibrant and grippy (for Pinot Noir) fruit, while Eyrie Vineyards, Reserve (POA, Savage Selection) is supple with true Pinot charm. All have a good five years ahead of them.

Taken from the June 2013 issue of Decanter magazine

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