In northern Oregon, highly coveted, distinctly funky wines are being made from grapes that sprout from a bed of stones.
By Sean P. Sullivan
Saviah Cellars 2011 The Funk Estate
A play on the region’s aromatic signature and its winemaker, Richard Funk, this wine is full of smoked meat and floral notes, with a mesmerizingly silky texture; $55.
Coming from a warmer vintage, it shows more fruit than normally seen in the region. It boasts notes of plum, wet gravel and floral tones and has a finish that won’t quit; $65.
Proper Wines 2012 Estate
A new producer to the region, this wine has notes of smoked meat, coffee and dark plum and a rich, textured feel; $45.