The PinotFile is written and published by Rusty Gaffney, aka The Prince of Pinot. The 26 issues a year include reviews of more than 1500 wines each year, as well as longer articles about Pinot Noir producers and events in wine-country.
91 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Watershed “Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely earth-bound aromas of fresh cherries. Very tasty and uplifting, with broad mid weight flavors of fresh cherries and a touch of spice and savory herbs. The cherry fruit really sparkles. Forward and easy to drink, with a silky mouth feel, modest tannins, and a complimentary riff of oak and citrus on the refreshing, cherry-driven finish. A delightful cherry bombast” $25 Learn more and purchase online
92 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 9-115 “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Large scale aromas of black cherry, brioche, wooded forest and chocolate donut. Plenty of black cherry and raspberry fruit presence in the mouth with supple tannins and good finishing crispness. Not as sappy as the clone 114 bottling, but very satisfying with especially noteworthy balance.” $44 Learn more and purchase online
93 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 10 “Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very exotic nose with dancing aromas of spiced berries and plum and hints of incense. Perfect balance of well-ripened black cherry, black berry and plum fruits, spirited acidity and refined tannins. Very polished and broad in the mouth with an aristocratic feel.” $44 Learn more and purchase online
91 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 4 “Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic, with scents of boysenberry, plum, cherry, spice and woodshed. Mid weight parade of luscious dark red and purple fruits backed by silky tannins. Impressive attack and finish with flattering oak in the background.” $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 firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to learn more about the Cellar Door Club.
92 pts 2012 Winter’s Hill Estate Pinot Noir Block 9-114 “Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Black cherry and oak spice aromas lead to a mid to full-bodied array of black cherry and black raspberry fruits. Intense attack, luscious mid palate, and a generous finish that lasts and lasts. A full mouthful of Pinot from a rarely met with monoclonal 114 bottling.” $44