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1998 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Oregon 1998: Drink soon

Again the harvest was interrupted by rain but some fine, fruity wines were made

Weather Conditions

During the bloom and set time frame, the June weather in Oregon was so bad that even local residents described it as “terrible.” The weather was cool and damp throughout bloom and set. The cluster count was low, and the clusters were few in number. Growers got a break when the weather turned warmer with long sunny days, cool nights, and with the rains holding off long enough. Pleasant dry fall weather enabled most vineyards to be harvested before the first serious rain moved in. Tiny crop, but with good color and flavor intensity.

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Belle Soeurs (Shea Vineyard), Chehalem ( Three vineyard & Ridgecrest Vineyard), Bethel Heights (Southeast Block Reserve), Girardet Reserve, Archery Summit (Arcus, Premier Cuvee), Willakenzie, Rex Hill, Cristom (Mt. Jefferson Cuvee, Louise Vyd), Brick House, Willamette Valley Vineyard (Hoodview), Panther Creek, Domaine Serene (Grace Vyd), Elk Cove (La Boheme), Kramer, King Estate, Cooper Mountain

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