Duck pond pond

Duck Pond wine comes from the Great Oregon Wine Company, located in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, USA.

Originally it was a duck cellar, but it started in 1993 when Doug and Joe Anne Fries opened their vineyard in Oregon.

In 2018, the Fris family sold the Duck Pond brand to The Great Oregon Wine Co.

And as they say in the cellars of the duck pond:

Now, as a member of the Great Oregon Wine Company and Distillery, we will continue our heritage by using traditional winemaking techniques to create clean, cultivated cellars and natural wines while remaining true to our roots.

For this wine review I got samples of three different wines from the duck pond to taste:

  • The Pinot Noir duck pond
  • The Chardonnay Duck Pond
  • Pinot gris de la mare aux canards

All three vintages were in 2018, and if you want to know more about these wines, visit the Duck Pond Cellars website.

Now, to your reactions!

Pinot Noir duck pond

Beautiful purple and not too dark, this wine had long, thick legs that fell slowly into the glass.

The smell was bold, with notes of exotic spices, cherries and caramel.

With a slight smell of alcohol in the nose, the alcohol content was 13.7% per bottle.

First we notice the taste of the cherries, sweeter than expected, but still good.  Almost like it was mixed with a piece of syrah or something.

The secondary aromas that develop from lighter cherries are more similar to what I have seen in previous tastings of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.

Overall, it is very tasty and pleasant, with light tannins and a long aftertaste.

Chardonnay Duck pond

As for the Chardonnay, this wine was slightly coppery in a glass.

On the nose I could smell the scent of flowers and stone fruits.

At 13.5% per bottle I didn’t notice the smell of alcohol.

To my taste I picked up ripe citrus fruits, minerals and fresh green apples from the first sip.

I also have a good acidity that would cut through the butter dish.

Light, refreshing and long in the mouth, I found this wine very pleasant.

Besides, even if the bottle says oak, I didn’t take it.

Pinot Gris Duck Pond

And finally, I tasted the Pinot Gris.

It should be noted that the order of tasting in this overview seems to be opposite to that of most wine consumers (red, white, light), but I have tasted each wine on different days and weeks with a difference.

In the glass this wine was almost transparent in color with only a hint of gold.

The smell was very light on the nose, but a good nose revealed a light, non-specific sweet floral scent.

As for the Chardonnay, there was no alcohol in the nose.

Alcohol content, 13.5% per bottle.

In the mouth I noticed a slight taste of water rinsed nectarine with the acidity of a lemon rind at the end.

I also scored a long final.  More than I normally find in Pinot Gris, which was a good change.

Anyway, the refreshing wine I called a summer picnic tastes great. 🙂

Although it’s very light, it may not have been washed like a Pinot Gris.

It can easily be combined with light cheese and is perfectly chilled.


As someone who really loves Oregon, it’s easy to love all three wines.

I especially liked the original strong cherry character of the Pinot Noir and the persistent finish of the Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

The special price for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris is $16,00 and for Pinot Noir $19,00.

In short, we can say it can’t go wrong with these wines!

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