"In Oregon, you're either making Pinot Noir, or you're not in the wine business," says Sam Tannahill, the Portland-area winemaker partly responsible for the state's highest-rated wine ever. His Archery Summit Arcus Estate 1999 received a score of 95 from Wine Spectator and was widely hailed elsewhere.
Perhaps only sports fans care about numbers as much as wine people - not surprising given that the difference between a 95 and a 84 Wine Spectator ranking can mean the difference between a new Land Rover and a used Kia - and Oregon vintners have a crop load of statistics to back up their "golden age" gloss. Since 1991, the number of wineries in the state has risen from 78 to 197. Sales have increased 331 percent. Estimated revenue for 2001 was $195 million.