Oregon Pinot Noir

Oregon Pinot Noir

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2008 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Cold, late winter, then the coolest spring weather for quarter of a century – March and April were both several degrees below normal. Bud-break was delayed, up to…

2007 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2007 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions A warmish spring – with ideal fruit set – was followed by cool to moderate conditions throughout summer, with no major heat spikes to cause problems to the…

2006 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2006 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The right weather at the right time: a cool-to-warm spring, warm but not searing summer (with brief hot spells in June and September) and cooler, damper weahter in…

2005 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2005 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions After recent vintages that brought warmer weather, early ripeness and higher alcohol, this year’s Oregon wine harvest occurred later than most expected, resulting in cooler temperatures that many…

2004 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2004 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The year started with a short crop load due to poor weather at set, extreme temperatures the prior vintage, and vineyard growth irregularities in the Willamette Valley, which…

2003 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2003 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Another dry and another early harvest for Oregon. With 10-13 fewer inches of rain, the winter and spring continued the streak of three low rainfall years. There were…

2002 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2002 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Winter and spring were unusually dry resulting in 10-15 inches less than normal rainfall. However, there were no problems during bloom and set, and throughout most of the…

2001 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2001 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The year started out fairly warm with budbreak in the Willamette Valley on April 10 & 11, right on time. There was no significant rainfall prior to or…

2000 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2000 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Usually it is rain either in the spring or during the harvest or both that determines the quality of an Oregon vintage, but 2000 will go down in…

1999 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1999 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Producers in every region hope to encounter a harvest they can label the vintage of the century, and in Oregon, ’99 was close enough for them to place…

1998 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1998 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions During the bloom and set time frame, the June weather was so bad that even local residents described it as “terrible.” The weather was cool and damp throughout …

1997 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1997 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The summer conditions were cooler than usual,. but there were just enough sunny days throughout the summer to raise expectations of a bumper crop. It begin with budbreak…

1996 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1996 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Longtime fans of Oregon Pinot Noir would describe 96 as “classic,” while others may merely say the growing season was typical. It was long, relatively cool and late,…

1995 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1995 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The weather conditions were good (moderate temperature, normal rain) during the spring and early summer weeks. As the vines were carrying a good-sized crop after a decent set,…

1994 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1994 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The season began with a cool spring, and cool weather prevailed into the early summer. The cool, snappy weather led to a below average set, and the vines…

1993 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1993 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Spring weather was both cool and wet, with fairly heavy precipitation in April. Cool conditions continued on well into May and early June. Bud-break was late, but the…

1992 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1992 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Heralded as the vintage of the century, 1992 was different in that there were long hot days, warm nights, and very little rain during the growing season. It …

1991 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1991 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions Normal winter was followed by a cool spring that pushed cool weather well into late June. Bud-break was late, occurring in late June, early July in parts of…

1990 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1990 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The cold winter conditions of 1989 carried over into early spring, and for the third consecutive year, the set was small and the crop was reduced. Both spring …

1989 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

1989 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions A rough year with severe cold and frosts in late winter. A number of vineyards experienced frost damage, and the other vines recovered slowly. Bud-break was late, and…