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Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

Dundee Hills winemaker says 2010 looking like 1999 (w/ vintage chart)

DUNDEE, Ore. — This fall, will Pinot Noir producers in Oregon's Willamette Valley be partying like it was 1999?

That's a possibility, according to Jesse Lange, second-generation winemaker for Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards in Dundee.

This morning, Lange issued a note to his email list:

"We are about two weeks 'late' right now, but the forecast remains glorious and we should pick up a few days in the coming weeks," Lange wrote. "2010 is tracking much like one of our favorite vintages of the 90's: 1999."

Wines from that vintage of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir have not been surpassed, according to the attached chart by famed critic Robert Parker, who rated that year as "Outstanding."

Lange added that because of this summer's "extremely favorable weather, bloom happened very fast. We had around 5% bloom on July 6th and were totally wrapped up by July 11th."