Oregon winemakers have something to be especially proud of this year — three vintages from the Beaver State made Wine Spectator magazine’s Top 100 Wines of the Year.
The wines that made the list come from the grapes Oregon is most famous for: pinot noir. Soter Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District Mineral Springs Ranch, 2012 came in at No. 17; Ponzi Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Tavola, 2012 was ranked No. 53; and Acrobat Pinot Noir, King Estate, 2012 made the cut at No. 90.
All the wines included in the top 100 received a score of 90 or better out of a total 100 points. The magazine writes that this year’s list had an average of 93 points and the average price for a bottle is $47.
Wine Spector writes on the list that wines are chosen based on “quality, value, availability and excitement.”
The 2014 selections were pulled from 18,000 new releases from all over the world that were featured in the magazine’s blind tastings.
This year has also been a great year for grapes in Oregon thanks to a warm summer and no unexpected bad weather, so maybe it won’t be long until we can claim the “Wine Country” title from the Golden State.