2018 Pinot Noir Futures Sale

Our Pinot Noir Futures sale is now open. This is the one time of year where you can order our wines at a 30% discount. This year we are offering both full cases (30% discount), and half cases (20% discount). These wines are still aging in the barrels, and will be ready for pick up or shipping in April 2020.

  • Case: $648
  • Futures case$453
  • Half Case: $324
  • Futures half case: $259
  • Free ground shipping on all Futures purchases

Wines:
2018 Pinot Noir Block 8-Wadenswil 

  • Four barrel selection. 100% destemmed.  Red fruits: red raspberry, plum, wild strawberry. Finely structured tannins, elegant, delicate finish.

2018 Pinot Noir Block 9-115

  • Three barrel selection. 2/3 whole cluster fermentation. Dense, rich, fruit tannins balanced with toast and structure from the barrels.

2018 Pinot Noir Block 9-Pommard

  • Four barrel selection. 100% destemmed fruit gives elegance and floral aromatics. Succulent,  elegant, intensely flavored. Ripe black cherry.

2018 Pinot Noir Block 10 Whole Cluster

  • Four barrel selection. Whole cluster fermentation gives dense tannin structure without bitterness or astringency. Spice, cloves, fennel. Dark cherry, Long finish.

Accolades from past Single Block Series wine

  • Years Best US Pinot Noir: Wine & Spirits
  • Portland Monthly Oregon’s 50 Best Wines: vintage 2012, 2013
  • 95 points: PinotFile
  • 94 points: Wine & Spirits, PinotFile
  • 93 points: Wine & Spirits, Vinous, Pinot File
  • 92 points: Vinous, PinotFile
  • 91 points: Wine Enthusiast, PinotFile, Burghound, Pinot Report
  • 90 points: Wine Enthusiast, PinotFile, Burghound, Pinot Report, International Wine Report, JamesSuckling.com

Grafting Chardonnay at Winter’s Hill Estate

The long planned grafting of 1800 Pinot gris plants to Chardonnay was done today. The plants were originally planted in 1993 so the grafts have a well established root system to benefit from. This fall we will have a small harvest. Next year we can make wine!

The trunk head is sawed off and the trunk is ready for grafting.

While this is being done other people are preparing the “wood” which had been in storage since the fall by being cut it to appropriate length. Each trunk receives 2 grafts so the plant will have 2 canes as did the original plant.

We were all there learning from the crew.

First the outer bark is cut away and then a small slit is cut into the “wound” to receive the stick. It is gently tapped into the slit to assure maximum contact.




Then a cut was made for the second stick. Finally it was wrapped.

The process was completed by waxing the graft – tape and all. Now we wait for bud break which seems to be imminent.

6 people were doing the grafting.

Winter’s Hill Sells 10 Case Lot for $10,000.

I wanted to share some exciting news with you surrounding Winter's Hill Estate at this year’s Willamette Valley: The Pinot Noir Auction. The Auction featured 86 one-of-a-kind Pinot noir and six collaborative Chardonnay auction lots from the 2017 … [Continue reading]

Earth Day Oregon-Crag Law Center

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10th Annual Fueled By Fine Wine 1/2 Marathon

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Chicken Parmesan Paired with 2016 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Our 2016 Pinot Noir is arriving at doors this week for Cellar Door Club shipments, and we want you to have a delicious recipe to pair with this wine. I made this Chicken Parmesan dish this past weekend for family, and they loved it. I hope you enjoy! … [Continue reading]

4 Wines Listed In Wine & Spirits Year’s Best US Pinot Noir

We are excited to announce 4 of our wines made Wine & Spirits Magazine's Year's Best US Pinot Noirs. Our 2016 Pinot Noir Watershed was released in February, and can be purchased here. The 2016 Pinot Noir, and 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve will be … [Continue reading]

2018 Rosé paired with Crab Rangoon Dip

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2018 Reserve White Wine Seated Tastings

Saturday, March 23, 2019 You are invited to sit down with our winemaker, Russell Gladhart, to sample Pinot Blanc Reserve and Pinot Gris Reserve. These wines are still being aged in the barrel, and will be bottled and ready for release in October … [Continue reading]

Winter’s Hill Estate A Flagship Farm For The Oregon Bee Project

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