Guillen Family Benefit: Wine Sale and Tasting





Saturday, November 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hosted at Winter’s Hill Estate
6451 NE Hilltop Ln
Dayton, OR 97114

It is with great sorrow that we had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend, and fellow winemaker, Jesus Guillen. Jesus lost a brief and unexpected battle with cancer. To help raise funds to cover his medical bills, and to insure a promising future for his ten-year-old son, Adrian, we at Winter’s Hill Estate are hosting a one day only wine sale and tasting. We will only be sampling and selling Guillen Family wines. All tasting fees, and wine purchases will go directly to the Guillen Family. Oregon Wine was built by the founding families through years and decades of working together as a community, and now is your chance to give back to an Oregon Wine Family in need.


Winter’s Hill Estate

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Guillen Family Wine Shop.

Statement from White Rose Estate:

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the untimely death of our beloved winemaker, Jesus Guillen. After a brief, unexpected battle with cancer, Jesus passed on the night of November 5th at the far too young age of 38, and is survived by his wife, Yuliana, and son Adrian.

Jesus moved to Oregon in 2002 after graduating from the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. He began his wine career working in the vineyards for Patricia Green Cellars and later alongside his father, Jesus Sr., at White Rose Estate. Greg Sanders, owner of White Rose Estate, recognized Jesus’s interest and passion for wine, along with his keen intellect, and offered him a job in the cellar. Jesus seized the opportunity and dedicated himself to his craft, becoming the head winemaker at White Rose Estate in 2008. Meanwhile, in 2006, Jesus received a small amount of fruit from Vista Hills Vineyard from vines that had been damaged by voles in the drought-stricken season. Originally, the fruit was going to be discarded, yet Jesus ended up turning it into beautiful wine with his skill and intuition. This wine became the start of what is now Guillen Family Wines.

In addition to his accomplishments and numerous accolades as a talented and innovative winemaker with both Guillen Family Wines and White Rose Estate, Jesus was above all an amazing man, a loving father, a dedicated husband, a caring son, a great brother and an inspiration and joy to all he knew, worked with or merely crossed paths with. He was the kindest and most patient, humble and caring person you could meet. He broke barriers, inspired many, and could light up a room with his smile or laugh. He will always be remembered in the highest regard. His legacy will continue and will open paths for others. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, and those he touched through his Wines Made in Beautiful Oregon, Por Manos Mexicanas.

Fantastic Reviews from PinotFile

We are thrilled to have received fantastic reviews in the latest issue of PinotFile!

“Located among many noted wineries in the Dundee Hills such as Domaine Serene, Stoller and The Eyrie Vineyards, this winery does not receive the recognition that it deserves. The estate vineyard was planted to 12 acres of own-rooted Pinot Noir in 1990 on a south-facing slope. The second phase of planting began in 1997 on phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, with Pinot Noir plantings of Pommard, Wädenswil, 114 and 115 clones, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc now totaling 35 acres. The vineyard is LIVE certified sustainable.”

2016 Pinot Noir Reserve
94 points

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Engaging aromas of black cherry, raspberry, spice and earthy flora. Packing plenty of black cherry, black raspberry and spice flavors, the pretty fruit load is reigned in by compatible tannins and acidity. The finish is remarkably long. A classy wine built for aging that will need another couple of years in the cellar to completely come out of its shell (although you can drink it now). This wine is deserving of the Reserve label. Score: 94

Magnum $195 | Jeroboam $315
3 & 6 bottle club: $165.75 | $267.75
12 bottle club: $156 | $252


2016 Pinot Noir Block 10 Whole Cluster-SOLD OUT
92 points

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Haunting aromas of dark cherry, spice and burnt tobacco. This wine offers significantly more concentration than the 100% de-stemmed version with a darker fruit profile, somewhat more tannins, and a very slightly astringent finish. That said, I find it more appealing for its black cherry, spice and tobacco flavors as well as its seductive texture. I am a whole cluster junkie and my score reflects that preference in comparison to the de-stemmed version of this wine. Score: 92



2016 Pinot Noir Block 10
89 points

Light garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of raspberry, cherry and toasty oak. Lighter-weighted in a teasing, demure style with flavors of cherry and red berry. Silky, refined and feminine in character, with the slightest fine-grain tannins and some length in the mouth. Hard to criticize, but pretty straightforward. Score: 89

3 & 6 bottle club: $41.65
12 bottle club: $39.20


Spring 2019 Wine Club Release:

  • 2016 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 92 points
  • 2016 Pinot Noir Block 9 Pommard 91 points

2018 Sip NW Best of the Northwest

For the 4th year in a row our Pinot Blanc has been selected as a top wine in its category. This year our 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve was selected as a Judges' Pick. 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve $29 3 & 6 bottle club: $24.65 12 bottle club: … [Continue reading]

Coq Au Vin Blanc with 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve

This classic French dish is typically made with Pinot Noir, but we think our 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve is a great twist. We hope you enjoy! 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve “(fermented and aged in used French oak barrels) Light green-tinged yellow. Ripe … [Continue reading]

BBQ Ribs Paired with 2016 Pinot Noir Block 10

2016 Pinot Noir Block 10: We created the Single Block Series to highlight the unique characteristics of each block. Block 10 is our highest elevation site and is a planted to Pommard clone. The nose highlights raspberry, dried flowers, cedar, … [Continue reading]

Cellar Door Wine Club Pick Up Party

You are invited to join us for our semiannual Cellar Door Wine Club Pick-Up Party. This is your first opportunity to sample the current wines in the club shipment, and meet with the Gladharts to learn more about the estate property, the winery and … [Continue reading]

Sea Scallops & Caviar Paired with Ninebark Sparkline Wine

This Brut is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Toasted brioche, almonds and melon come through on the nose. The wine explodes with flavors of bright fresh citrus, melon and apple. A long finish is highlighted with key lime pie, and … [Continue reading]

Bubbles & Oysters

To celebrate Harvest this year we are popping the cork on our 1st ever sparkling wine! This Brut is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Toasted brioche, almonds and melon come through on the nose. The wine explodes with flavors of bright … [Continue reading]

92 Point Scores from Purely Domestic Wine Report

We are excited to announce multiple 92 point scores from Doug Wilder at Purely Domestic Wine Report. 2015 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills: “Shows a nose of savory, vibrant cranberry and cherry, with notes of florals. The palate is a higher acid cherry and … [Continue reading]

The Secret Grapes of the Willamette Valley

Our 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve keeps getting great recognition from a variety of writers and critics. It was most recently featured in The Secret Grapes of the Willamette Valley. This is a great read about many of the Pinot Gris, Pinot … [Continue reading]