There are a few key points that set Dobbes Family Estate apart from the rest of the wineries in the Dundee Hills area of Oregon, just a short drive from Portland.
Dobbes is pouring some unique varieties that you won’t find at many Willamette Valley locations. For instance, their Grenache Blanc. With flavors of almond, vanilla and stone fruit finished by a tropical aroma, it’s a smooth wine with a good weight to it. Wine Enthusiast gave it 90 points, and it’s priced at just $28/bottle.
Another wine produced by Dobbes, that you’ll not see frequently in the area, is Syrah. Dark fruits, spices and notes of tobacco run throughout this robust wine. The grapes for their Syrahs (Grand Assemblage – $28 and Fortmiller – $50) come from the Rogue Valley, in Southern Oregon. The warmer temperatures and additional sunshine in that area allow the grapes to produce that big, bold style that is called for in a great Syrah.
Speaking of big and bold, that is what brings me to my next point about why Dobbes is distinct. Their Pinot Noirs. Unlike most of the pinots that you’ll find in the Willamette Valley, which are delicate and light-bodied, the majority of Dobbes’ pinots are of the more masculine variety – Bigger, bolder, and able to stand up to those heavier foods – Like beef short ribs, goulash and a filet mignon. If you have a friend who just isn’t down with those typical Oregon pinots, be sure to take them here, and let them see the other side of things.
And the final thing that sets Dobbes apart? Their tasting room is open until 6pm, whereas most others in the area close at 5pm. Because of this, I usually like to make Dobbes my final stop of the day if we get a late start, especially because they’re conveniently located as one of the last stops in Dundee as you make your way back to Portland.
Dobbes Family Estate is open daily from 11am – 6pm and is located at 240 5th Street Dundee, Oregon 97115. The tasting fee for a flight of five wines is $15. And as you can see from the picture below, their staff is obviously fabulous.
A special thanks to Portland photographer Deann Orr for the amazing photographs used in this post. Be sure to check out her site for more of her stunning photographs.
NOTE: I paid for my tasting flight out of my own pocket and was not compensated in any way for this post.