Wine Press Northwest Blind Tasting Results

Wine Press Northwest recently conducted a blind tasting of Pinot noir from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Our 2012 Pinot noirs received some great reviews.

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Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Watershed Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $25: Longtime Dundee Hills winery Winter’s Hill created this wine, which pays tribute to the fact that its vineyard borders the watersheds for two nearby communities. It opens with aromas of fresh cranberry, rhubarb and just a hint of vanilla and cocoa powder. On the palate, it reveals flavors of red currant jam, dried cranberry and strawberry jam. It’s an elegant wine with a clean, tart finish. (436 cases, 14% alc.)

Excellent

Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Block 9-115 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $44: One of the Dundee Hills’ most established growers 07_84117and wineries is Winter’s Hill near the town of Dayton, Ore. This opens with complex aromas of black cherry candy, sarsaparilla and boysenberry, followed by flavors of plum, raspberry and sarsaparilla. It’s all backed with fruit-lifting acidity and mild tannins. (72 cases, 14% alc.)

Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Block 9-114 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $44: This is the first bottling of this wine, which uses Pinot Noir clone 114 from Block 9 in Winter’s Hill’s estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills. It opens with aromas of vanilla cream and red cherry, followed by classic bright red fruit flavors, 06_84116including cranberry and Canby raspberry. It’s all backed with deliciously refreshing acidity. (97 cases, 14% alc.) *This wine to be released in Fall 2014 to our Cellar Door Club Members*.

Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Block 4 Pinot Noir , Dundee Hills, $44: This single-block Pinot Noir 08_84118from estate grapes near Dayton, Ore., offers classic Dundee Hills aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, red plum and Bing cherry. A hint of mild oak and a touch of French vanilla add complexity to this delicious red. (95 cases, 14% alc.) *This wine to be released in Fall 2014 to our Cellar Door Club Members*.

Recommended

09_84119Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Block 10 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $44: This block-designated wine from estate grapes offers aromas and flavors of bright, lively red fruit, including cranberry, raspberry and Rainier cherry. Beautiful acidity and mild tannins provide all the needed structure. (72 cases, 14% alc.)

 

 

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