Oregon Wine 2019

These Are the 5 Best Oregon Wines Under $40 to Save for the Cellar

These bottles are best stored for Future You to enjoy.

Edited by Ramona DeNies By Stacey Gibson September 23, 2019 Published in the October 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

Who picked these wines? Stacey Gibson is a partner at downtown bottle shop Park Avenue Fine Wines. She and her husband also own food and wine event company Parallel Food & Drink

Goodfellow Family Cellars 2016 Whistling Ridge Blanc, Ribbon Ridge Buying this is akin to finding a Chanel suit on the sale rack. While Marcus Goodfellow knows the quality of his Alsace-inspired blend, let’s hope it stays affordable: today’s picnic wine, and one that’ll impress guests in five-plus years. Buy Park Avenue Fine Wines, $21 

Flâneur 2016 Cuvée Constantin Chardonnay, Willamette Valley While Flâneur offers another Willamette Valley chardonnay, this two-vineyard blend (Chehalem and Eola-Amity Hills) retails for just a bit more. And it’s completely worth it, in a tricky high-wire act that balances rich chardonnay characteristics with clean, linear minerality. Buy Division Wine, Park Avenue Fine Wines, $39

Twill 2016 Steelhead Run Vineyard Syrah, Applegate Valley Twill has quietly been turning heads from its surprising location: suburban West Linn. This Syrah, made from Southern Oregon grapes, still encompasses all the smoky, plummy, barbecue sauce goodness that makes you fall in love with French Syrah. And it’ll just keep getting better. Buy Park Avenue Fine Wines, $39

Golden Cluster 2017 Coury Sémillon, Willamette Valley Anyone who loves the intense, waxy richness of Bordeaux blanc will flip for this wine, and also appreciate where it can go in the future. The oldest semillon vines in the Willamette Valley produce a wine layered with honey, melon, and apricot. Buy Baldwin’s Bottle Shop, Les Caves, $32

Bethel Heights 2016 Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills A multigenerational winery that still produces stunning wines. A combo of young and old vines, this pinot noir displays the beauty of the Eola-Amity Hills, with dark cherry, violet fruits, and elegant acidity that will carry through years in the cellar. Buy Park Avenue Fine Wines, or contact Bethel Heights, $32

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