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Oregon’s Iberian Connection
Northern Oregon excels with Pinot Noir, while the state's southern regions have turned to warm-climate varieties like Tempranillo, Grenache and Albariño. By Paul Gregutt
Oregon’s Iberian white wine grapes
in the southwest corner of the Willamette Valley, a cooler location
allows partner/winemaker Dave Jepson to grow Albariño, arguably Spain’s
most distinctive white grape. Jepson and his Treos partners lived in Spain for a few years, where they fell in love with the wines. “We loved the crisp, mineral-driven, higher-acid Albariños that are
produced in the cooler valleys in Spain’s West Coast,” says Jepson. Jepson intended to create a ‘tribute’ to those Spanish Albariños. He
selected two cool-climate clones and cropped the yield back to promote
intensity of aroma, flavor, body and finish. Now with six vintages completed, he says he’s found a significant
increase in depth and complexity of flavor as the vines have matured.
Treos Albariños have scored well, where they exhibited rich fruit and