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1988 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

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Oregon 1988: Drink now

A small crop produced finely concentrated wines

Weather Conditions

This was a strange year set into motion by an extended dry fall of 1987 which created drought conditions. Most vineyards are not set up for irrigation and suffered through it all, developing a condition known as boron deficiency. It manifested itself the following spring as the clusters were few in number and the set was greatly reduced. Carrying a small crop the vines recovered thanks to a spring and summer that remained cool. The weather remained dry throughout the critical month of September. Though small, this was a good vintage with several excellent wines.

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Adelsheim, Bethel Heights, Elk Cove (Wind Hill Vyd), Amity Winemakers Reserve, Eola Hills

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