Wines Northwest

Chuck Hill with Wines Northwest recommends Tyee Estate 2006 Barrel Select Pinot Noir as part of his Pinot Noir with Copper River Salmon Tasting.  He writes, "Winemaker Merrilee Buchanan Benson crafted this attractive wine from a blend of Pommard and Dijon 115 clone fruit grown at the winery near Corvallis, OR.  Oak aging in 30% new barrels gives the wine some backbone, as it shows medium-bodied character with aromas and flavors of black cherry, berries, baking spice and smoky cranberry.  It is very food friendly and a good value for a complex Oregon Pinot Noir."

Tasters Guild International

2007 Tyee Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir and 2007 Tyee Estate Chardonnay both win Silver Medals at Tasters Guild International.

Oregon Wine Press

About Tyee's Nature Trail, "There's much to be said for a place that stands still in time yet can be freely navigated. Tyee Cellars and the Buchanan Century Farm have adapted to the last two generation's love for local wine without losing hold of the pastoral context that brought them to today." - Mark Stock

More about Tyee's Nature Trail in the Oregon Wine Press

National Women Winemakers Competition

2007 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir and 2008 Tyee Estate Pinot Gris both win Silver Medals in the 2010 National Women Winemakers Competition.

Corvallis Alchemist

Corvallis Alchemist Readers vote Tyee Wine Cellars #1 for "Best Winery"

An Independent Weekly Promoting the Arts and Minds of Corvallis

About Tyee's Naked, Unoaked 2007 Estate Chardonnay, "Lively, luscious fruit flavors of green apple and lemon combine with notes of shortbread, talc, anise and walnut. The moderate acids make this a very versatile and food-friendly wine."

— Annette Solomon, Statesman Journal and


Here's what Allen Meadows of Burghound has to say about Tyee's 2006 Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir, "A pretty and attractively nuanced nose offers a variety of red fruit aromas that include cherry, cranberry and raspberry and lead to delicious, fresh and lilting middle weight flavors that culminate in a linear, focused and largely fruit-driven finish that does not lack for personality or depth. This is not a big or powerful effort but it is balanced, harmonious and very pinot plus it delivers very good value. 88/2012+" the ultimate Burgundy Reference

America's Best and Top Ten

America's Best and Top Ten Ranks Tyee 2006 Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir in the Top 10 Pinot Noirs in the USA and Tyee 2008 Estate Pinot Gris in the Top 10 Pinot Gris in the USA!

The Oregon Wine Blog

"Tyee was the first winery in the Willamette Valley that I visited a number of years ago. I've enjoyed their wine ever since. One of the unique things about Tyee is that they produce only estate wines, with three whites and two pinot noirs.

Our experience today placed Tyee in the rare category of wineries that in our opinion don't make a single bad wine."

The Wine Whisperer

The Wine Whisperer on Tyee Estate Gewurztraminer - "The offering from Tyee is splendid, long in the palate, spicy in the nose and eminently refreshing with just about any fare.  This wine is dry, redolent of all spice, cinnamon and a hint of what appeared to be caramel."

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