Willamette Cares Food Share

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Winter’s Hill Estate is joining with 70 other Willamette Valley Wineries to collect food and funds to fight hunger in our community.  We have lots of great events to bring you out to Wine-Country during the holidays, so while you are here, why not make a donation?

From November 1-December 20, bring your non-perishable foods or make a cash donation when you come to visit us.  What foods are needed most?

  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Foods high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans
  • Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
  • Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
  • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
  • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
  • Unsaturated cooking oils

The most powerful donation is cash, as that allows Food Bank staff to purchase exactly what is needed including fresh fruits and vegetables.  They can often negotiate a big discount, making your donation go further.

Donate in person when you visit, or online :  https://community.oregonfoodbank.org/WVWA

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2014 Pinot Noir Barrel Tastings for Futures-November 22-23 & 28-29

wine-glassThe 2014 Pinot Noir is resting peacefully in barrel, and are tasting exceptional! The 2014 vintage has been one of the best on record, and is already receiving tons of high praise throughout the wine industry. The fruit we pulled in this year has been the best we have ever seen. This is definitely a vintage you will want to stock up on.

We are offering two weekends of barrel tasting with our winemaker, Shane, with the option to buy futures by the case at a 30% discount. If we are shipping the wine to you, you will also get free shipping. These wines will be ready for pick up or shipping in April 2016.

$49 per bottle=$588 per case
30% discount= $410 per case
Full Cases only or Two mixed cases-6 bottles of each wine for $800.
Free ground shipping
Tasting Fee: $10
Saturday & Sunday
November 22-23
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
November 28-29
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2014 Pinot Noir Futures
Tasting Notes
Block 1
This is our lowest elevation block, starting at 525 feet elevation and facing South by Southwest. Part of the original planting in 1990, this block has contributed to the Reserve and Dundee Hills bottlings in past vintages, as well as being the source of our beloved rosé of Pinot Noir. After a few short weeks in the barrel, this wine is showing red fruits such as raspberry, red cherry, and currant. The palate is full and creamy, with a savory finish of umami.
Block 10 Pommard Whole-Cluster Fermentation
Topping out at 750 feet, Block 10 is the highest elevation block of our vineyards. In 2013 we experimented with using the un-crushed whole-clusters of Pinot noir from Block 10, in contrast to our usual practice of removing all of the stems. Pleased with the results, we continue the experiment in 2014. This is the only 100% whole-cluster Pinot Noir that we will have available from the 2014 vintage. The stems add a delicious layer of aromatics such as cloves, cinnamon, and cedar boughs. Blackberries and a subtle sweetness carry through the wine, with fine tannins and anise contributing to a long finish.
Block 9 Corner
Most of our vineyards are planted in uniform blocks of a single clone paired with a single rootstock. However, as we finished planting our vineyards, we had an assortment of clones and rootstocks in small quantities. That was the origin of the Corner section of Block 9, approximately 1 acre planted to several different clones including the Dijon clones 667, 777, 113 and others. From the 2014 vintage, the wine from that section immediately stood out as exceptional. The wine is very aromatic, with lavender, lemongrass, and blood-orange scents coming through. Delicious, mouth-watering acidity leads to a full mid palate, with hints of graham pie crust on the finish.
Wadenswil Clone
With only two very small sections of our vineyard planted to the Wadenswil clone of Pinot Noir, we have never had enough fruit for a separate bottling. Instead it has gone into our Reserve and Dundee Hills blends. With the generous yields of 2014, we were able to fill one small fermenter and ended up with just two barrels of delicious wine. The nose is earthy and robust, quite a contrast from our other clones. Blue fruits and plum are supported by full tannins that coat the sides of your mouth. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other baking spices linger on the finish.



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So many Apps!

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