91-93pts! Tanzer reviews for 2012 Pinot Noir

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Each year Josh Raynolds, of the Tanzer International Wine Cellar, produces one of the most extensive and thorough tastings of Oregon Pinot Noir.  We are very pleased with the scores that our 2012 Pinot Noir received.

91 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Watershed   “Lurid red.  Sexy, high-pitched aromas of fresh raspberry and candied rose, with white pepper and blood orange notes adding complexity.  Silky, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering lively red fruit flavors and a touch of white pepper.  Shows very good energy and cut on the tangy finish, which displays an echoing raspberry note and little in the way of tannins.” $25  Learn more and purchase online

93 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 9-115  “Brilliant red.  An expressive raspberry liqueur- and potpourri-scented bouquet is complicated by suggestions of Asian spices and candied rose.  Finely etched red fruit compote flavors show excellent depth, with a zesty note of white pepper emerging with air and adding vivacity.  Emphatically fruity but not at all jammy.  Finishes sappy, spicy and very long, leaving raspberry and floral pastille notes behind.  I find this sexy pinot pretty compelling right now.” $44 Learn more and purchase online

92 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 10   “Brilliant red.  Sexy, floral red berries and lavender on the spice-tinged nose.  Silky, open-knit and deep, offering vibrant raspberry and rose pastille flavors with notes of orange zest and allspice.  Tightens up on the incisive finish, which clings with impressive energy, silky tannins and persistent spiciness.” $44 Learn more and purchase online

92 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 4   “Vivid ruby-red.  Intense dark berry and cherry liqueur scents are lifted and sharpened by notes of Asian spices and smoky minerals.  Juicy, seamless and precise, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight with air.  Shows excellent purity and lift on the finish, which is firmed by gentle, slow-building tannins.” $44

  • To be released Fall 2014.  Cellar Door Club Members will receive this wine as part of their Fall shipment.  Cellar Door Club Members can reserve additional bottles by calling 503-864-4592 or email cellardoor@wintershillwine.com Click here to learn more about the Cellar Door Club.

92 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 9-114  “Deep red.  Intense, spice-accented raspberry preserve and candied flowers on the nose.  Silky and seamless in texture, with sappy, sharply delineated red fruit and spicecake flavors.  Sweet berry and floral pastille notes linger on the very long, spicy, focused finish, which shows just a touch of tannins.”  $44

  • To be released Fall 2014.  Cellar Door Club Members will receive this wine as part of their Fall shipment.  Cellar Door Club Members can reserve additional bottles by calling 503-864-4592 or email cellardoor@wintershillwine.com  Click here to learn more about the Cellar Door Club.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar is an excellent source of reviews and information about wines from Oregon and around the world.  Full access is limited to subscribers, but if you are interested in learning more about wine, it is well worth the investment.  Their sister website Winophilia is free, and offers reviews as well as informative articles and contributions from talented winemakers.

 

About Russell Gladhart

A passion for wine, agriculture, and family business has taken me around the world on an exciting tour. Winter's Hill Estate is a family partnership with my wife Delphine and my parents, where we produce Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pinot blanc from our 30 acre vineyard in the Dundee Hills.

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