Tyee Wine Cellars dwells in this underrated section of the valley, near Corvallis where Oregon State University is located. Another overlooked aspect of Tyee is the fact that the Buchanan family who owns it, were early Oregon settlers, inhabiting the land since 1885. They planted their first Pinot grapes in 1974, placing them among the earliest pioneers of Oregon Wine. All of their minuscule production of 1500 cases is 100% estate. The Buchanan family pay homage to those who came before them – Tyee means “best” in native Kalapooian, and the labels are adorned with animal depictions from native Pacific Northwest tribes.
I first became aware of Tyee when they took first place some years back in a blind tasting of over 300 iconic Oregon wines hosted by Portland Monthly Magazine. Quietly and humbly, they turn out lovely, classical Oregon wines at a price that welcomes everyday consumption.
The 2015 Estate Pinot Noir is elegant, light-colored, medium-bodied, earth-driven, and fresh-fruited.
90 pts – Pinot File