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2016 Tyee Estate Pinot Noir wins a GOLD MEDAL at the 2019 Savor Northwest Wine Competition
First Team of
2018 Oregon Value Priced Pinot Noir All-Americans
Wines in the Value Priced All-American category offer an exceptional price to quality ratio of the Prince of Pinot's favorite domestic Pinot Noirs reviewed over the past year.
Recommended with Seafood by Wines Northwest
"This winery is a great success story in the heart of the Willamette Valley near Corvallis, Oregon. Each of the wine labels honors a Northwest native-American legend which has instant appeal to local residents. The Chardonnay honors the Dungeness crab with a beautiful stylized design. Enjoy this whole-cluster pressed, all-stainless Chardonnay offering lemon crème, flinty mineral and hints of vanilla and anise." - Chuck Hill
Recommended with Seafood by Wines Northwest
"Winemaker Merrilee Buchanan Benson grew up on her family’s century farm, which became the home of Tyee Wine Cellars during her childhood and teen years. When the time was right, she took the reins in 2006 and crafts each Tyee bottling today. This Pinot Gris comes from 90% old vines at the estate vineyard, and offers citrus blossom, green apple, peach and mineral." - Chuck Hill
First Team of
2018 Oregon Value Priced Chardonnay All-Americans
Wines in the Value Priced All-American category offer an exceptional price to quality ratio of the Prince of Pinot's favorite domestic Chardonnays reviewed over the past year.
Recommended with Salmon by Wines Northwest
"I have known the Buchanan family and their Tyee Wine Cellars near Corvallis for more than 30 years since the founding of the winery in 1985. Daughter Merrilee Buchanan Benson is making the wine and created this wonderful Pinot Noir, which was the favorite of my recent tasting panel. Aromas of cherry, strawberry and hints of grapefruit lead to a palate of tart cherry, pomegranate and mineral with superb acidity for food pairing." - Chuck Hill
Tyee Wine Cellars is a Featured Winery at the
INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR CELEBRATION
July 27-29, 2018
at Linfield College
The IPNC is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world.
Get Tickets at https://ipnc.org/
89 Points (Reviewed January 6, 2018)
Light golden yellow color in the glass. Aromas of white peach, pear, lemon curd, fresh straw. Full richness in the mouth with flavors of lemon, pear, pineapple and nut oil. Nicely integrated acidity with a bright stream of citrus on the finish.
90 points (Reviewed January 6, 2018)
A blend of all grapes grown in the Estate Vineyard with vines from 15 to 41 years old. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Highly nuanced nose, featuring aromas of cherry, strawberry, rose petal, dried herbs and sandalwood. Lighter weighted but quite flavorful, with tastes of cherry, red berry, spice and cola. Refined and sleek, with fine-grained tannins, deft oak input and a juicy finish.
Rated one of the “Best Pinots in Oregon”
Floral, spice and forest aromas, including cedar, herbs, rose, Red Vine candy, pine sap and fresh-turned soil mixes with cherry, herbaceous and Indian spiced flavors on the palate. The more you get to know it, the more you’ll love it
90 points (Reviewed December 2017)
Deep red. Musky cherry pit and red currant scents along with subtle floral and herb overtones. Gently sweet and focused on the plate, offering nicely concentrated red fruit and spicecake flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Dusty tannins come in slowly on the finish, which leaves a hint of bitter chocolate behind. Drinking window: 2020 - 2025
92 points (Reviewed January 6, 2018)
A winemaker’s barrel selection. ·Moderate garnet color in the glass. More brooding, with slowly emerging aromas of darker red cherries and berries, earthy flora and rose petal. More sap, more tannic backbone, more finish and more age worthy than the regular Estate bottling. Black cherry fruit driven with compliments of spice, savory herbs and seasoned. Needs more time to reach full potential.
92 Points - March 2015 Neal Martin
"Tyee 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Barrel Select comes from 30-year-old vines (and over). It has a vibrant bouquet with dark cherries mixed with bilberry and briary, the palate is medium-bodied with fine, lithe tannins and plenty of pure dark cherry, redcurrant and raspberry fruit that is very persistent. This is another sophisticated, very thoughtfully crafted wine from winemaker Merrilee Buchanan Benson."
99 Points and #1, Oregon's Best Wine, Portland Monthly - October 2014
For this year’s annual blind tasting of Oregon’s wide world of wine, we rallied 13 of our favorite grape-stained wretches to uncork more than a thousand bottles.
1. TYEE WINE CELLARS
2012 Estate Pinot Noir
99 This bright, balanced bottle from winemaker Merrilee Buchanan Benson melds classic pinot noir fruit flavors of cherries and cranberries with an herbaceous backbone of eucalyptus and tea tree. The family-owned and -operated label has maintained a commitment to small-batch quality wines and sustainability for more than 29 years, using 100 percent solar power at the winery and managing its own certified Salmon Safe estate vineyards side by side with wetland and woodland habitats. Visitors to Tyee’s Corvallis farm and tasting room can explore the estate’s nature trails and hazelnut orchards, catch outdoor concerts, dive into the family history of the land (dating back to 1885) and, of course, taste the estate’s wines.
“Two years ago, when this bottle appeared in Portland Monthly’s Top 50, it was one of my favorites. What wonderful things are happening down there? I’m so impressed by its balance, earthiness, and structure. It is the real epitome of what good pinot noir should taste like: elegant complexity that unveils its layers like a beautiful peacock.”—Savanna Ray (manager, RingSide Fish House)