Awards and Kudos
88 POINTS
Vintage 2007 Pinot Noir


 

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
May/June 2009 

Stephen D. Tanzer is editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine lovers in all 50 states and 28 countries, and translated into French and Japanese since 1997.

"Medium red. Musky aromas of red berry skin, cherry, pine resin and dried rose. Light bodied, sweet raspberry and cherry flavors are framed by silky tannins and gain weight with air. The sappy finish repeats the raspberry and floral notes and clings with good persistence. This really benefited from air.

Additional information at: www.wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer/home.html

OUTSTANDING
Vintage 2007 Pinot Noir


 

2009 Oregon Wine Awards

On March 28th the Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oregon hosted the inaugural Oregon Wine Awards, and evaluated 257 Oregon wines in a single-blind format.

Additional information posted at: www.oregonwineawards.com

BRONZE MEDAL
Vintage 2007 Pinot Noir


 

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

The world’s largest charitable wine competition was held March 28th and 29th 2009 in Rochester, New York. 2009 marked the 30th year of serving children and their families who are facing life challenges. All proceeds go to improving the quality of life for children touched by cancer, HIV/AIDS, and violence. (The competition this year judged over 2,350 wines from nearly 500 wineries spanning 39 states and 14 different countries).

Additional information posted at: www.fliwc.com

 

 

 

When asked what wine should be chosen for valentine’s day Wendy Watts (who works at the Vintage Wine Shoppe in Birmingham alabama) immediately chose the domaine coteau 07. “it has a pepper-spice and a delicate red fruit character,” said Ms. watts. “to me it just dances on the palate. It is something you could fall into and not look back.” (wednesday, february 11, 2009 edition).

 

SILVER MEDAL 
2007 Pinot Noir 

 

Dallas Morning News Wine Competition (February 16th and 17th, 2009)


March of 1985 marked the first time this competition was held (staged at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas). There were 570 entries. The 25th year of this competition (held February 16th and 17th of 2009) witnessed over 3,146 entries from 31 states and 20 foreign countries. 

Additional information at: http://www.dallaswinecomp.com/

 

 

   
Best Pinot Noirs
 

 

 

Northwest Palate Magazine (November/December 2008)

Northwest Palate's Magazine's tasting panel tastes thousands of wines each year. In their November/December issue this panel selected from all the Pinot Noirs tasted during the year those it considered best. Domaine Coteau (2006 Vintage) is very appreciative of being selected by this panel as one of the wines to make their list of "Best Pinot Noirs of 2008."

Additional information at: www.nwpalate.com

 

90 POINTS
Editor's Choice
2006 Pinot Noir Reserve

Wine Enthusiast (July, 2008 issue)
From the first whiff - laden with tangy notes of herb, leaf and spicy cranberry fruit - this announces itself as classic Oregon Pinot Noir. At 14+% it's ripe enough to build a core of sweet cherry fruit; but it is not shy about expressing the herbal side of the grape, and does so to good effect. It's a vivacious, expressive wine that offers a rich range of flavors, well beyond the basic fruit and barrel approach of too many wineries.
                                     
Additional information at www.winemag.com    

 

 

GOLD MEDAL
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir

 

Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition
The largest wine competition in the United States.
For 69 years this competition has showcased the finest vintages from America and countries throughout the world. Named one of the top five wine competitions in the country by USA Today. Seventy-five judges evaluated nearly 4,000 wines from around the globe.

Information posted on www.lawinecomp.com

 

CRITICS GOLD AWARD
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir


 

Critics Challenge Intl. Wine Competition

This highly regarded wine competition is held yearly at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The judges bring a global perspective and a high skill level to the task of wine evaluation.
Chief Judges: Ms. Mary Ewing-Mulligan (Master of Wine)
Mr. Robert Whitley.

The 2008 competition was held May 24th and 25th. Fourteen judges evaluated 1700 wines from 16 different countries.

Results posted at www.winereviewonline.com

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir


 

Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

The 23rd annual Pacific Rim International Wine Competition was held April 23rd and 24th, 2008 at the National Orange Show (NOS) Events Center in San Bernadino, California.

One of the largest and most respected wine competitions in the West, the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition receives entries from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

Producing wineries, custom crush growers, negociants, or appropriately designated importers or wholesalers may enter wine.

This competition has grown from approximately 100 entries in 1985 to over 2200 entries in 2008.

Wines in this competition are first classified by vintage and price category prior to judging. For the 2006 vintage Pinot Noir category in the $15-$30 price range the results were:

Gold 8
Silver 6
Bronce 7

Additional information posted at:
www.nosevents.com/wine_competition.htm

 

90 POINTS
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
May/June 2008 

Stephen D. Tanzer is editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine lovers in all 50 states and 28 countries, and translated into French and Japanese since 1997.

Tanzer has also served as Senior Editor and wine columnist for Food & Wine magazine and wine columnist for Forbes FYI. He wrote the 1998 and 1999 editions of Food & Wine Magazine's Official Wine Guide.

"Deep red color. Tarry dark cherry, candied plum and underbrush aromas are complicated by woodsmoke, cured tobacco and incense. Fresh flavors of bitter cherry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors gain sweetness and depth on the finish, which leaves espresso and cherry pit flavors behind. The musky character of this rather light-bodied wine is really intriguing-downright Burgundian, in fact."

Additional information at: www.wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer/home.html

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Northwest Wine Summit (2008)

This was the 13th year for the largest wine competition in the Pacific Northwest (held each year at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon). Wines must come from British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Montana.

For 2008 entries came from 353 different wineries and from all five states and both provinces of Canada.

Awards for the 2006 vintage of Pinot Noir coming from the Willamette Valley of Oregon were as follows:

Gold - 2
Silver - 12
Bronze - 12

Results available at: www.nwwinesummit.com

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve

Tasters Guild Wine Judging Competition.
Tasters Guild is a society of wine and food lovers
consisting of over 40 chapters that provide active and ongoing wine and food events. They adhere to the philosophy of evaluating wines in price categories for better value perception. One of the goals of Tasters Guild is to give the consumer a reference point in choosing good quality wine values.

This was the 21st year for these awards – held April 30 – May 3, 2008. Over 2,000 wines from 15 countries and 35 states/provinces were evaluated by 36 judges from around the world.

California submitted the largest number of wines. Oregon entries faired as follows:

Gold: 4
Silver: 6
Bronze: 4

Results posted on www.tastersguild.com

 

James Beard House
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir


 

Sola Restaurant and Domaine Coteau at the James Beard House

Named one of the "Best New Restaurants" (Chicago Magazine 2006) and given a "K Rating" of 20/20 by Sherman Kaplan of Chicago radio WBBM, the Sola restaurant continues to set new standards in dining innovation. Chef/Owner Carol Wallack features contemporary American cuisine piqued with Asian and Hawaiian flavors.

The Sola wine list offers a wide variety of wines from all over the world distinctly selected to complement the menu. On May 6th, 2008 Carol and her staff travelled to New York to cook a dinner at the esteemed James Beard House. The dinner that evening included serving the 2006 vintage Domaine Coteau.

Additional information at: www.sola-restaurant.com and www.jamesbeard.org

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir


 

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

The world’s largest charitable wine competition was held March 29th and 30th 2008 in Rochester, New York. All proceeds go to improving the quality of life for children touched by cancer. (The competition this year judged over 2,350 wines from nearly 500 wineries spanning 39 states and 14 different countries).

Competition this year in the Pinot Noir category saw the following results:

Double Gold: none
Gold: 3
Silver: 12
Bronze: 22

Additional information posted at: www.fliwc.com

Customer
Comments
 

 

 

I poured your 2006 pinot at a wine tasting at my office, together with 6 other wines, two of which were pinots. As you could guess, your wine was the favorite of the vast majority; quite a few are veteran pinot/burgundy drinkers. The balance of earth to fruit is what made your wine more interesting than the other pinots from sonoma coast (a 2005 land's edge hartford court.....tough competition) and santa rita hills (2005 seasmoke botella). It was nice to be proven wrong.....as I predicted the seasmoke would have been the overall favorite. Thank you for making such a reasonably priced pinot.

Lastly, who are your wholesale distributors in Maryland and Delaware.

yours, Chris

 

COPIA
 

 

Copia's Artisan Wine Festival

In March of 2008 Domaine Coteau was invited to Napa, California to pour the 2006 vintage at Copia's Artisan Wine Festival. This tasting event showcased only 60 boutique wineries; it was conducted in May 2008.

Copia, with initial funding from Robert Modavi, is a member-supported discovery center whose mission is to explore, celebrate, and share the many pleasures and benefits of wine, it's relationship with food, and it's significance to our culture.

Additional information at: http://copia.org

 

89 points
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir

 

 

Wine Spectator Magazine (April 30, 2008 edition)

This national publication evaluated more than 1000 wines for the April 2008 issue. It also covers news of great restaurants, terrific resorts, and other wine-related places to visit.

"A bit firm in texture, with woodsy, fallen leaf accents to the blackberry and black pepper flavors, softening a bit on the finish. Drink now through 2013."

Additional information at: www.winespectator.com

 

Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir
 


 

The Wine Library

"This up and coming super star is on a roll. With numerous 90+ point from almost every publication, it's no wonder these wines are getting harder to find. The 2006 vintage is a return to glory for the state of Oregon, and this red hot super star should shine again!"

Additional information at: http://winelibrary.com

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir

 

 

Northwest Palate Magazine (March/April 2008)

"Layered, lush aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit intertwined with smoke and earth accents on a pretty nose. On the palate, an immediate sense of clean cherry and plum fruit greets the tongue, then broadens across the palate with a creamy texture and deeper sense of dark fruitiness. Inflections of spiced earth, sage, and cocoa add interest, and a surprising twang of tangerine gives vibrancy to the finish. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity help make this drinkable today..., but it would be interesting to taste after 1-3 years of cellaring."

This regional food and wine magazine has been rating northwest wines since 1987. Highly respected in the Pacific Northwest, their tasting team conducts tastings of up to 200 wines for each issue. Don't look for numerical scores here. Northwest Palate has a three-tier rating system: wines are “Recommended,”“Highly Recommended,”and “Exceptional.”

For the March/April 2008 issue, 24 Pinot Noirs received recommendations: 0“Exceptional,”2“Highly Recommended,”and 22 were “Recommended.”

Additional information at: www.nwpalate.com

 

SILVER
Vintage 2006 Pinot Noir

 

 

The Florida State Fair International Wine Competition

The first Florida State Fair was held in 1904 in Tampa (which became the Fair's permanent home). The 2008 Fair was held February 7th through the 9th.

Almost 2,000 wines were entered into this competition in 2008. In the Pinot Noir category 50 wines were awarded medals (2 Gold, 27 Silver, and 21 Bronze).

Normally more wine receives Bronze than Silver. This was not the case in 2008. Thus the large number of Silver medals awarded (and the very low number of Gold) indicate a very high level of overall quality for the Pinot Noir category.

In 1923 the Florida Grape Growers Association (FGGA) was established. It is the FGGA that is responsible for the wine competition.

The FGGA has separated the competition into two broad divisions:  Amateur and  International. Over the years the International Division has grown into a large and well-respected wine competition.

Results available at: www.fgga.org

 

Wine Spectator
 

 

Wine Spectator Magazine (December 31, 2007 edition)

(Domaine Coteau - A triumph of quality control)

The following article on Domaine Coteau was written by Harvey Steinman and was published in the 31 December 2007 edition of the Wine Spectator.

“Dean Sandifer spent 25 years as a quality-control manager at a defense industry plant in Minnesota before his job was downsized in 1994. His search for employment landed him in Portland Ore., building guidance systems for aircraft. Thirteen years later, at the age of 65, he’s hard at work at his dream job, making Pinot Noir in his own winery, Domaine
Coteau.

A forklift sets down a box of grapes inside the winery, a building about the size of a three-car garage, in Carlton, Ore. ‘When I moved to Portland, I had an ulterior motive,’ Sandifer admits, picking up one of the dark-blue Pinot Noir bunches. ‘I wanted to get closer to these.’

Sandifer had been a home winemaker in Minnesota, air- freighting grapes from California. ‘I thought of going to California, but land was too expensive there,’ he says. ‘Oregon was relatively cheap.’

He found his vineyard site, an old cherry orchard, altitude 600 feet, on the northern edge of the Amity Hills. He wanted something at a high elevation, with silty loam soils so that he wouldn’t have to deal with too many rocks. Using Oregon’s traditional Pommard clone and several Dijon clones, Sandifer planted 15 acres at high density, more than 2,000 plants per
acre. He was looking for intense black fruit flavors. He got them.

He makes two wines from the site. Domaine Coteau Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Reserve 2005 (90, $29), a barrel selection, shows lithe texture and nicely packed black cherry, blackberry and toasty spice flavors, all in harmonious balance. Even better was last year’s Pinot Noir Yamhill County 2004 (91, $27), a plush mouthful of gorgeous current, blackberry and red plum flavors.

These supple, inviting wines are much better than some of Sandifer’s earliest efforts, from 1999 and 2000. Made from purchased grapes, they were clumsy and tannic. He credits his own vineyard, planted from 1998 to 2000, for the improvement. ‘Now I have control over the source,’ he says. ‘It makes a big difference.’

The name is a total invention. ‘I knew it had to be ‘Domaine something,’ he says, ‘So I got out a French dictionary and started making lists of wine words of two or three syllables that could be pronounced phonetically in English. Coteau means ‘hillside,’ and that made perfect sense.”

92 POINTS
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Robert Parker (November 2007 Online edition)

"The 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve is estate grown and bottled. The wine was aged in French oak, 33% new, and was then bottled unfined and unfiltered, and sold at a bargain price. The winery has none left according to its website so a careful search of the market is warranted for this awesome value. It has a toasty, smoky, blueberry and blackberry scented nose. This leads to a medium-bodied, beautiful balanced wine with gobs of fruit to balance the acidity and structure of the vintage. The pure finish suggests that it could evolve for 5-7 years and provide pleasure through 2022."

Additional information at: www.erobertparker.com  

90 POINTS
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Wine Spectator Magazine (May 15, 2007 edition)

This national publication normally features evaluations of more than 500 wines each month. It also covers news of great restaurants, terrific resorts, and other wine-related places to visit.

"Lithe in texture and nicely packed with black cherry, blackberry and toasty spice flavors. A hint of barnyard lurks in the background, yet the fruit and spice predominate, harmoniously balanced. Drink now through 2013"

Additional information at: www.winespectator.com  

DOUBLE GOLD
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir

 

 

San Francisco International Wine Competition


The San Francisco International Wine Competition is considered by many as the largest and most prestigious wine competition in America.

In 2007 the competition was held June 15th, 16th, and 17th at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
 
Additional information at www.sfwinecomp.com

 

 

DOUBLE GOLD
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve

 

 

The Florida State Fair International Wine Competition

The first Florida State Fair was held in 1904 in Tampa
(which became the Fair’s permanent home). The 2007
Fair was held February 8th through the 21st.

In 1923 the Florida Grape Growers Association (FGGA)
was established. It is the FGGA that is responsible for the wine competition.

The FGGA has separated the competition into two broad divisions: “Amateur” and “International.”
Over the years the International Division has grown into a large and well-respected wine competition.

Results available at: www.fgga.org

 

GOLD MEDAL
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve

Tasters Guild Wine Judging Competition.
Tasters Guild is a society of wine and food lovers
consisting of over 40 chapters that provide active and ongoing wine and food events. They adhere to the philosophy of evaluating wines in price categories for better value perception. One of the goals of Tasters Guild is to give the consumer a reference point in choosing good quality wine values.

This was the 20th year for these awards – held April 25 – 28, 2007. Over 2,000 wines from 15 countries and 31 states/provinces were evaluated by 40 judges from around the world.

Results posted on www.tastersguild.com

 

90 POINTS
2005 Pinot Noir Reserve

Wine Enthusiast (July, 2007 issue)
"Unfined and unfiltered, this is dark, earthy and richly endowed with scents and flavors of organic matter, mushroom, compost and coffee grounds. There's fruit in there also, but it really captures the earthy, broadly aromatic side of the grape. About one third new French oak was used, to good effect."
                                     
Additional information at www.winemag.com    

 

 

 


"I look for pinot noir from ... Domaine Coteau...."

Cynthia Fenner (certified sommelier and wine buyer form Neiman Marcus Epicure - Honolulu, Hawaii).

 

90 POINTS
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
May/June 2007  

“Ruby-red. Smoky, bacon fat-accented blackberry and raspberry liquer aromas are lifted by hints of white pepper and baking spices. Sweet red and dark berry flavors are impressively concentrated and focused, with gentle tannis lending support. The juicy, smoky finish boasts impressive thrust and cling. This gained complexity with air and should reward at least a few years cellaring. ”

Additional information at: www.wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer/home.html

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Jerry D. Mead’s New World International Wine Competition  

The 17th annual Jerry D. Mead’s New World International Wine Competition was held March 19th and 19th, 2007 in Ontario, California. More than 2000 wines were judged from the New World (i.e., from the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa).

“It’s quite an achievement to win a medal…” said Dr. Richard Peterson, Chief Judge. “Of [over] 2000 entries only 249 won a top award….”

Wines are judged by price category and vintage year.

Results posted at www.nwiwc.com 

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2005 Pinot Noir


 

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

The world’s largest charitable wine competition was held March 31st and April 1st 2007 in Rochester, New York. All proceeds go to improving the quality of life for children touched by cancer. (In 2006 this event attracted over 1,700 wines from around the world).

This 7th year of competition in the Pinot Noir category saw the following results: three Gold Medals, 13 Silver Medals, and 32 Bronze Medals.

Additional information posted at: www.fliwc.com

91 POINTS
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Wine Spectator Magazine (June 15, 2006 edition)

This national publication normally features evaluations of more than 500 wines each month. It also covers news of great restaurants, terrific resorts, and other wine-related places to visit.

“Smooth and velvety, aromatic with fruit and spice, a plush mouthful of gorgeous currant, blackberry,   and red plum flavors, lightly shaded with delicate sweet oak notes. It all finished with grace and impressive length. Drink now through 2014. 1,350 cases made.”

Additional information at: www.winespectator.com  

Additional Discussion on the Wine Spectator's Review

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


Gourmet Magazine (November 2006)

For Thanksgiving "I chose an Oregon Pinot Noir. ...Domaine Coteau's Yamhill County 2004 has vibrant fruit, creamy texture (just a touch of oak), and a long, graceful finish...."
90/91 POINTS
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Wine Lovers Page: Bucko's New Releases

2004 Domaine Coteau, Pinot Noir, Yamhill County, Oregon, $27, 1,350 cases. This is a new wine for me, and considering how pricey Oregon Pinot has become, this is a very good value. You'll find lots of berries and spice on the nose, while the flavors exhibit currants, red berries, and judicious oak notes. Elegant, yet lively; 90/91.

91 POINTS
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir Reserve


 

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
May/June 2006  

“($38) Bright red. Somewhat reticent initially, but opens up quickly to show ripe strawberry, raspberry and red current jam aromas. This is strikingly pure, with vivid red berry and mineral flavors tinged by tangy notes of fresh rhubarb and cinnamon that go on and on. A graceful, pure wine that is silky and sweet, with wonderful balance and length. This has the elegance of a Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny. 91 points.”

Additional information at: www.wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer/home.html

89 POINTS
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
May/June 2006

“($27) Medium red color. Fresh, mineral-driven red berry aromas are lively and precise. Brisk and energetic on the palate, with spicy flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry lifted by some exotic spice notes. The fresh red berry notes build on the back, retaining impressive energy and cut. 89 points.”

Additional information at: www.wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer/home.html

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Decanter Magazine (April 2006 edition)

This London-based wine magazine is truly international in its coverage; there is readership in over 90 countries. As Britain’s leading wine magazine it is read by both experts and enthusiasts alike. There is always a good mix of wine-related news, interviews with wine personalities, regional profiles, and, of course, wine recommendations.

The April 2006 edition covered North American Pinot Noir with Domaine Coteau being selected as a RECOMMENDED wine.

“Quite reserved and elegant nose yet shows depth of fruit. Well-structured palate with attractive ripe red fruits, firm tannins and long. 2-5 years.”

Additional information at: www.decanter.com

 

GOLD MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Grand Harvest Awards

Sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Magazine, this was the 16th year for this wine competition, held each year in Santa Rosa, California.

This is a unique wine competition. All wines are judged in the context of their viticulture region. The goal is to learn more about how “terroir” contributes excellence and distinctiveness to wines.

One of the goals of this competition has always  been to identify the finest examples from the various viticultural regions (for Domaine Coteau that is the Willamette Valley in Oregon).

The Grand Harvest Awards force judges to take a longer look at wines then when judging other wine events. The focus on “terroir” makes for a slower and more exhausting process. Judges spend more time with each wine examining it for nuances, much as the winemaker does in his own cellar. The result of this examination is a comparatively stingy medal response.

On the positive side, the judges think that even  Bronze Medal wines are of unusually high quality. Silver and Gold Medals, of course, even more so -  perhaps among the best offered.

Results posted at www.vwm-online.com


SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

One of the largest and most respected wine competitions in the West, the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition receives entries from throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

Producing wineries, custom crush growers, negociants, or appropriately designated importers or wholesalers may enter wine.

This competition has grown from approximately 100 entries in 1985 to over 2200 entries in 2006. 2006 marks the 21st year for this event at the grounds of the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, California.

Competition held March 8th and 9th 2006.

 Additional information posted at:
www.nationalorangeshow.com/wine_competition.htm

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir

 

 

Northwest Palate Magazine (March/April 2006)

“Black cherry, plum, and graham aromas. Black cherry and plum flavors are intense yet restrained. Deep, lingering flavors of fruit and spice. Serve with duck rillettes on toasted baguette."

This regional food and wine magazine has been rating northwest wines since 1987. Highly respected in the Pacific Northwest, their tasting team conducts tastings of up to 200 wines for each issue. Don’t look for numerical scores here. Northwest Palate has a three-tier rating system – wines are “Recommended,” “Highly Recommended,” and “Exceptional.”

For the March/April 2006 issue, 20 Pinot Noirs received recommendations: 1 “Exceptional,” 5 “Highly Recommended,” and 14 were “Recommended.”

Additional information at: www.nwpalate.com

 

BRONZE MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Decanter Magazine (World Wide Awards)

Decanter Magazine’s “World Wide Awards” is a global wine competition, held in London each year in May. This is the third year for this competition and includes many of the world’s most famous wines. Results are published each year in the October edition of the magazine.

The Decanter World Wide Awards celebrate the diversity of wine by focusing on regional styles and on the influence of terroir.

Additional information at: www.decanter.com/worldwineawards/2006/

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Northwest Wine Summit (2006)

This is the 11th year for the largest wine competition in the Pacific Northwest (held each year at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon). Wines must come from British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana.

Results available at: www.nwwinesummit.com

88 POINTS
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Wine & Spirits Magazine (June 2006 edition) 

This national publication is the only wine magazine to win a James Beard Award for excellence in wine writing. 2006 marks the 18th year of providing practical, straightforward, and enlightened advice with regard to fine wine and spirits.

“This wine overlays toasty oak on a plush red cherry scent. These components bear out on the palate with a rich, almost pillowy texture. Lay it down for a year to serve with halibut with wild mushrooms.”

Additional information at: www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com  

CRITICS AWARD
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Critics Challenge Intl. Wine Competition

This highly regarded wine competition is held yearly at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The judges bring a global perspective and a high skill level to the task of wine evaluation.
Chief Judges: Ms. Mary Ewing-Mulligan (Master of Wine)
Mr. Robert Whitley.

The “Critics Award” honor indicates that the wine has demonstrated a high standard of quality and has earned a “buy” recommendation from the judges.

“Toasty with ripe berry.”  Gerald Boyd.

Results posted at www.criticschallenge.com

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Sante’ Magazine (May 2006 edition)

Sante’ Magazine is the award-winning national  business-to-business (B-to-B) magazine for restaurant and hospitality professionals.

The May 2006 edition covered Pinot Noir with Domaine Coteau being selected as a RECOMMENDED wine in the Prestige category.

 “Pretty aromas of cherry blossom and strawberry with yummy flavors of crushed red cherry, rose petals, white pepper, and accents of leather; a bright and uplifting character. Alder-plank salmon and roasted potatoes.”

Additional information at: www.santemagazine.com
SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

West Coast Wine Competition

The 2006 edition of the West Coast Wine Competition marks the 24th year for this event (held each April in Sonoma County, CA). This event now accepts wines not only from California, Oregon, and Washington, but also from Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Western Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and British Columbia.

Results posted at www.vwm-online.com
 

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir


 

Accent Magazine (March/April 2006 edition)

“Stereotypical Oregon pinot: Lush, rich fruit, excellent structure and balance. This one nearly begs to be opened for dinner.”

Additional information at: www.accentmagazine.com

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir

 

 

The Florida State Fair Wine Competition

The first Florida State Fair was held in 1904 in Tampa
(which became the Fair’s permanent home). The 2006
Fair was held February 9th through the 20th.

In 1923 the Florida Grape Growers Association (FGGA)
was established. It is the FGGA that is responsible for the wine competition.

The FGGA has separated the competition into two broad divisions: “Amateur” and “International.”
Over the years the International Division has grown into a large and well-respected wine competition.

Results available at: www.fgga.org

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir

 

 

Hilton Head Winefest

Hilton Head Island's 21st Annual Winefest is the largest outdoor, tented wine tasting on the East Coast.

The wine competition is open to both table and sparkling wines.  Wines are categorized by price range ($20 and up was the category for Domaine Coteau) and are rated using the 20 point Davis Scale.

Results posted at: www.hiltonheadhospitalityassociation.com

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir

 

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The San Francisco Chronicle became the major sponsor of the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition six years ago. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of this event.

Fifty five professional wine judges converged on the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Cloverdale, California to judge 3,318 wines from Oregon, California, Washington, and Idaho.

Results posted at:
www.winejudging.com

 

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2004 Pinot Noir

 

 

San Francisco Chronicle
22 November 2005 Edition

The San Francisco Chronicle tasting panel tasted 94 Oregon Pinot Noirs from the 2002, 2003, and 2004 vintages and selected 17 to recommend to their readers.

"Earth and chocolate-covered cherry aromas; blackberry, raspberry liqueur, orange zest and cocoa with spice box hints on nose and palate; some oaky richness; smooth mouth feel."

Additional information at:
www.sfchron.com

 

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

 

 

New York Wine Report

"This deep purple...Pinot Noir possesses an archetypical bright, floral bouquet [and] its juicy palate features a medium body, soft tannins, and vivid cherry cola extract."

Additional information at:
www.nycwinerport.com

 

CRITICS GOLD
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

 

Critics Challenge Intl. Wine Competition
This highly regarded wine competition is held yearly at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. The judges bring a global perspective and a high skill level to the task of wine evaluation.

Chief judges: Ms. Mary Ewing-Mulligan (Master of Wine) and Mr. Robert Whitley.

In 2005 the competition was held May 28th and 29th. Results posted at www.criticschallenge.com

 

EXCELLENT
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

 

Wine Press Northwest (Summer 2005)
“This youthful red provides spicy, smoky
aromas of cherries and chocolate and flavors
of sweet red fruit, cola and tea. A hint of
of residual sugar is balanced with modest
tannins and bright acidity.”

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

 

L.A. County Fair.
The largest wine competition in the United States.
For 66 years this competition has showcased the finest vintages from America and countries throughout the world. Named one of the top five wine competitions in the country by USA Today. Seventy-five judges evaluated 3,936 wines from 1003 wineries.

Information posted on www.fairplex.org.

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

 

Grand Harvest Awards – Sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine. This was the 15th year for this wine competition, held annually in Santa Rosa, California.

This competition is unique in that the wines are judged only in the context of their own viticultural region. The goal of this competition has always been to identify the finest examples from each region (for Domaine Coteau that is the Willamette Valley in Oregon). These awards
acknowledge the influence of “terroir” in producing quality wine.

See attached note

Results posted on www.vwm-online.com

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

Tasters Guild Wine Judging Competition.
Tasters Guild is a society of wine and food lovers
consisting of over 55 chapters that provide active and ongoing wine and food events. They adhere to the philosophy of evaluating wines in price categories for better value perception. One of the goals of Tasters Guild is to give the consumer a reference point in choosing good quality wine values.

This was the 18th year for these awards – held April 21 – 24, 2005. Over 2,000 wines from 15 countries and 31 states/provinces were evaluated by 40 judges from around the world.

Results posted on www.tastersguild.com

 

RECOMMENDED
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir

Northwest Palate Magazine (July/August 2005)
“Earthy, black fruit aromas with a note of vanilla. Focused flavors of rich black cherry fruit with a smoky, alcohol-warm finish. Cellar short term or serve with a hearty stew.”

This regional food and wine magazine has been rating northwest wines since 1987. Highly respected in the Pacific Northwest, their tasting team conducts tasting's of up to 200 wines for each issue.

Don’t look for numerical scores here. Northwest
Palate
has a three-tier rating system – wines are
“Recommended,” “Highly Recommended,” and
“Exceptional.”

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2003 Pinot Noir


Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
This competition took place April 2-3, 2005.
This is the 5th year for this charity event, the proceeds of which go to improving the quality of life for children touched by cancer.

Judges ranged from sommeliers, wine makers, educators, importers, retailers, and industry consultants.

Results posted on www.fliwc.com

The Wine School of Philadelphia
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir
Rating: B+



The Wine School is the region's premiere online resource for current wine reviews. Within their pages, they offer independent reviews of the best wine values available in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Unlike the Wine Spectator, they review only wines available. More importantly, they only publish reviews of wines that are the highest caliber and the best values.

Domaine Coteau 2002 Pinot Noir
Wine Style: Nuanced Reds
Region: Yamhill County, Oregon

"Exactly what Pinot Noir is supposed to be. Aromas of crushed violet and fresh berry. Supple, elegant texture and a delightfully long finish. The palate is a swirl of sweet ripe fruit on layers of herb."


NORTHWEST PALATE
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir
(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

Northwest Palate Magazine (July/August 2004)
“Graham and spiced cherry aromas with a hint of dried citrus peel. Ripe, spicy black cherry fruit
flavors balance subtle oak. Long, rich finish of
black cherry lingers on a spicy note. Enjoy now
with a veal chop with morels, or cellar up to 7
years for additional complexity.”

This regional food and wine magazine has been rating northwest wines since 1987. Highly respected in the Pacific Northwest, their tasting team conducts tastings of up to 200 wines for each issue.

Don’t look for numerical scores here. Northwest
Palate
has a three-tier rating system – wines are
“Recommended,” “Highly Recommended,” and
“Exceptional.”

NORTHWEST PALATE
Vintage 2002 (Reserve)
(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

Northwest Palate Magazine (July/August 2004)
“Aromas of black cherry, cinnamon, spice, and faint vanilla. Rich, ripe, and long flavors of black cherry and plum fruit. Well balanced, with a vibrant, juicy finish of fruit and restrained oak spice. Cellar 2-3 years minimum for additional complexity.”

This regional food and wine magazine has been rating northwest wines since 1987. Highly respected in the Pacific Northwest, their tasting team conducts tastings of up to 200 wines for each issue.

Don’t look for numerical scores here. Northwest Palate has a three-tier rating system – wines are “Recommended,” “Highly Recommended,” and “Exceptional.”

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir

The San Diego National Wine Competition.
This is the 3rd-largest wine competition in the United States. It awards medals for winemaking excellence. Thus one of the main purposes is to spotlight winemaking accomplishments. Proceeds go to Camp Oliver, a children’s camp in San Diego County.

Results posted on www.sdnwc.org.

(Year 2004 competition).

 

GOLD MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir

Tasters Guild Wine Judging Competition.
Tasters Guild is a society of wine and food lovers
consisting of over 55 chapters that provide active and ongoing wine and food events. They adhere to the philosophy of evaluating wines in price categories for better value perception. One of the goals of Tasters Guild is to give the consumer a reference point in choosing good quality wine values.

This was the 17th year for these awards – held April 21 – 24, 2004. Over 2,000 wines from 15 countries and 31 states/provinces were evaluated by 40 judges from around the world.

Results posted on www.tastersguild.com

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir

Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition

“The fastest growing, up and coming competition of the millennium.”
  -- Dan Berger, Syndicated Writer Los Angeles   Times

The Long Beach Grand Cru is an international
wine competition and culinary experience
created and hosted by the Long Beach office of
the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
Since 1994, this competition has continued to
grow in size and prestige, attracting wineries
from around the world.

Results posted on www.longbeachgrandcru.com

“The Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition
is one of the world’s top global wine judging
events.”
  -- Beverages & more!

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir


The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition.
This year marks the 20th anniversary for the largest wine competition in the Southwest (and the fourth largest in the United States).

Results posted on www.dallaswinecomp.com
after 21 April 2004.

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir

Northwest Wine Summit Competition.
This is the 9th year for the largest wine
competition in the Pacific Northwest (held at
Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon). It
is the only competition where wines must come
from the Pacific Northwest (i.e., British
Columbia, Idaho, Washington, Montana, and
Oregon).

Results posted on www.nwwinesummit.com.

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and
STARWINE.

This prestigious wine competition is hosted by the
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (the single largest purchaser of wine in the USA) and STARWINE. The tasting took place on March 4 – 6 in Philadelphia.

Results posted on www.starwine.net

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir

Grand Harvest Awards – Sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine. This was the 14th year for this wine competition, held annually in Santa Rosa, California.

This competition is unique in that the wines are judged only in the context of their own viticultural region. The goal of this competition has always been to identify the finest examples from each region (for Domaine Coteau that is the Willamette Valley in Oregon). These awards
acknowledge the influence of “terroir” in producing quality wine.

See attached note

Results posted on www.vwm-online.com

 

SILVER MEDAL
Vintage 2002 Pinot Noir


Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
This competition took place March 27-28, 2004.
This is the 4th year for this charity event, the proceeds of which go to improving the quality of life for children touched by cancer.

Judges ranged from sommeliers, wine makers, educators, importers, retailers, and industry consultants.

Results posted on www.fliwc.com

NORTHWEST PALATE
Vintage 2001 Pinot Noir


- “Fruity aromas of raspberry and cherry. Light- bodied; tight and youthful flavors of cherry and raspberry lead to a tart and tannic finish. Cellar 1-2 years for softer tannins.”

RECOMMENDED.

 

87 POINTS
Vintage 1999 Pinot Noir

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr '01
Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cherry, currant, meat, licorice, baking chocolate and an intriguing vegetal nuance. Fat and lush on entry, then a bit tough in the middle, giving the impression of energetic extraction. But there's subtle sweetness here. Finishes with a chewy suggestion of berry skin. With extended time in the recorked bottle, this showed a lusher texture and ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavor.

 

CLIVE COATES
Master of Wine
Vintage 1999 Pinot Noir
(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

“Full colour. Ripe, stylish, composed, vigorous
nose. Very good fresh fruit. Full body. Very good tannins. Lots of depth and lots of character. Very good grip. This is rich and ample. Lots of dimension. Lovely intense finish. Very fine.” Domaine Coteau received a score of 18.5 on Mr. Coates’ 20 point scale – the 2nd highest
score of the 55 – 60 Oregon wines he reviewed.

For complete results of Mr. Coates’ evaluation of
the 1999 Oregon vintage click here

 

CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE TO CALIFORNIAWINE
Vintage 1999 Pinot Noir

“While built along the slightly tougher, more‘structured’ lines that have come to define a good many Oregon Pinot Noirs, this solid effort from the Northwest fills its frame nicely with a good measure of concentrated ripe-cherry fruit. Very deep, but also a bit tannic and not so velvety as its more accessible California cousins are wont to be,
it is presently on the tight and slightly ragged side and warrants another three to five years of patient cellaring.”

Two Puffs (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

 

CHRISTIE’S FINE AND RARE WINE COLLECTION
Vintage 1998 Pinot Noir


This auction was held in Los Angeles in November of 2000. It included countries encircling the Pacific Ocean. All the properties represented shared a passion to produce the very best wine.

Domaine Coteau was selected to participate along with Archery Summit and Domaine Drouhin.

GOLD MEDAL
Vintage 1998
Pinot Noir

The San Diego National Wine Competition.
This is the 3rd-largest wine competition in the United States. It awards medals for winemaking excellence. Thus one of the main purposes is to spotlight winemaking accomplishments. Proceeds go to Camp Oliver, a children’s camp in San Diego County.

Results posted on www.sdnwc.org.

(Year 2000 competition).

 

BEST OF CLASS
Vintage 1998
Pinot Noir

The San Diego National Wine Competition.
The Best Of Class award is selected from among all gold medal winners in each category for a wine of exceptional merit. The entire assembly of judges meet to evaluate the “Best Of Class” award winners.

Results posted on www.sdnwc.org.

(Year 2000 competition)