VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Located in Newberg, Oregon, this family-owned winery has a legendary history of fine Pinot Noir dating back to its founding in 1982. There have been a number of winemakers, but the wines have always been very good. In 2006, the founders retired, passing the winery to the two Oregon winemaking families of A to Z Wineworks.
Rex hill is one of the original particpants in Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) and has several wines labeled Oregon Certified Sustainable. The estate vineyards are dry farmed using biodynamic principals.
A tasting room is open daily at the winery. Located at the gateway to Oregon's Willamette Valley, the winery building dates to the 1920s. The old fruit and nut dryer has been converted to the winemaking facility and tasting room. The wines are sold on the website. There is a Willamette Valley blend, a Willamette Valley reserve, and a Dundee Hills blend.
Articles About Rex Hill
2009 Rex Hill Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.54, 369 cases, retail $48, available at $34.99. The best fruit and ensuing wines from prized vineyard sources around Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Jacob-Hart, Sims, La Colina and Roserock). Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright and fruity on the nose out of the gate offering aromas of very ripe dark fruits. Middleweight core of black plum, black raspberry and blackberry flavors with a complimentary hint of spice and oak. Silky on the palate with well-honed tannins and some length on the finish. A fruit-driven wine that veers to over ripeness (especially evident the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle), but will appeal to those who welcome this flavor profile. Good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »
2007 Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $20. Rex Hill is named after the steep slope at the northern entry to the Willamette Valley. The winery is owned by a partnership consisting of Bill and Debra Hatcher, Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis who are also partners in A to Z Winewworks in Oregon. Aged in French oak barrels for 9-10 months. · A dark fruit hued wine that is rich and full-bodied. Black cherries, blackberries and plums are accented by tea and toast flavors wrapped around substantial tannins. These bold wine is atypical for the 2007 vintage in Oregon but it will find plenty of fans. Reviewed March 26, 2009 ARTICLE »
2002 Rex Hill Carabella Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc.. · Actually my second favorite of the tasting but not many tasters agreed. This wine had the whole package - five spice nose, silky mouth feel, and a lasting finish of spice-tinged cherries and berries. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »
1999 Rex Hill Jacob-Hart Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc.. · Terrific aromatics here with spices and tea notes. The flavors disappoint, however, and there was a thin, short finish lacking in acid. Reviewed March 27, 2007 ARTICLE »
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