VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery
Located outside the small towns of Cornelius and Forest Grove, this vineyard is in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Planting began in 2000 and the first Pinot Noir was released in 2008, winning a number of awards. The 2011 Pinot Noir won a Double Gold at the Oregon Wine Awards.
The vineyard is 10 acres of Pinot Noir (Pommard, Wädenswil, annd 777), Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling all on 1014 rootstock.
Owner Jim Witte ran a television production company involved with Sesame Street and The Electric Company and was the business manager for KISS. He is now retired and is the vineyard manager and winemaker. His spouse, Holly does sales, marketing and business management.
The two wine dogs, Gemini and Trouble, appear in the Wine Dogs USA book 3rd edition.
Most of the winery's small production is sold through the tasting room at 5195 SW Hergert Rd. in Cornelius which is open weekends from 12:00 to 5:00.
Articles About A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery
2011 A Blooming Hill Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
12.7% alc., 360 cases, $20. 100% de-stemmed, 7-10-day cold soak, aged in 30% new French oak barrels. Once racked off the lees, the wine is cold stabilized and left to age. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Darker raspberry, black cherry and plum fruit aromas and flavors with a subtle accent of tobacco, tar and pungency. Impressive concentration in this vintage. Balanced dry tannins and some finish. Becomes less interesting as a riper fruit profile emerges over time in the glass. Tasted twice. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 A Blooming Hill Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 180 cases, $25. 100% de-stemmed, 7-10-day cold soak, aged in 30% new French oak barrels. Once racked off the lees, the wine is cold stabilized and left to age. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Medium reddishpurple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of ripe strawberries, black cherries and a hint of mocha. Although the vineyard struggled with ripeness, the fruit in this wine is definitely ripe with plenty of satisfying juicy cherry flavor. The wine displays good concentration combined with modest, supportive fine-grain tannins, and a lasting, fruit-laden finish. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
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