Another OUTSTANDING! from Great Northwest Wine

We are excited to announce our 2014 Pinot Noir Block 8 was recently rated Outstanding by Great Northwest Wine.

All of the Pinot Noir that Russell Gladhart produces under his family’s Winter’s Hill Estate label hails from the vineyard they established in 1990, and they began to come into their own in 2006. That’s when they launched their two-barrel Single Block Series. The beautifully balanced 2014 vintage allowed Gladhart, in the first vintage taking over the winemaking from his talented wife, Delphine, to expand their program to a foursome of two-barrel offerings. Block 8 is the Swiss clone Wädenswil, and this harvest of Sept. 28 marked the first time Winter’s Hill chose to showcase it. Our panel doesn’t often discuss color, but this carries a strikingly beautiful cherry wardrobe. Its perfumy nose features strawberry freezer jam, cherry, vanilla and chalkboard dustiness. There’s plenty of structure inside as black cherry and dried strawberry lead to a delicious and mouthwatering blend of cherry skins, boysenberry and cranberry.

Rating: Outstanding!

 

The 2014 Pinot Noir Block 8 was also ranked by Wine & Spirits in the US Best Pinot Noir list in 2016. This wine is sold out.

 

The 2015 Pearly Everlasting also received high praise with a rating of Excellent.

Russell Gladhart and his supporters continue to benefit from his family’s investment in the upper reaches of Oregon’s Dundee Hills, where they’ve owned this parcel since 1961. Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc come together as a product of both stainless steel and barrel fermentation, and the results are enjoyable, starting with a nose of fruit cocktail and light butterscotch. Hints of orchard fruit akin to white peach, pear and Golden Delicious apple are flavors backed by great acidity. It’s a refreshing blend of Burgundian varieties, but it requires a visit to the winery in order to purchase. The Gladharts provide recipes for grilled halibut and shrimp tacos to serve as suggestions.

Rating: Excellent

 

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