Oregon: Grape varieties

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Pinot Noir has passed the test with many wines of commendable depth and complexity. pinot gris followed (again first planted by David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards), achieving growing popularity in a crisp, dry style of characterful white showing more flesh than Pinot Grigio and more acidity than Alsace versions. chardonnay was initially widely but not wisely planted, but from the mid 1990s the produce of Dijon clones began a new chapter in the history of Chardonnay in Oregon. riesling is commercially useful and is increasingly fashionable, while gewürztraminer works but is hard to grow and even harder to sell. ice wines made from Riesling and Gewürztraminer have been more obviously successful.