Ghost Hill Cellars

Owner(s) Bayliss Family, Bower Family
Web site www.ghosthillcellars.com
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Ghost Hill Cellars

Ghost Hill Cellars is an Oregon winery focused on Pinot Noir. For over 100 years, the family owners have farmed 230 acres on Savannah Ridge in what is now Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA. In 1999, 15 acres of Pinot Noir was planted and the first wine was released in 2006.

The legend of Ghost Hill dates back to the late 1800's when a miner took a respite on the property after prospecting and was slain during the night for his gold. His searching spirit inspired the winery's name.

The winemaker, Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis, left a full-time career as an Oregon Air National Guard maintenance technician on F-15 fighter aircraft to pursue her passion for wine. She remains a member of the Air National Guard and is the operations manager for Northest Wines to You, a direct-to-consumer sales company for small wineries. Her interest in wine first developed as an exchange student in France in high school.

She believes that Pinot Noir should be listened to and gently encouraged to reveal it's beautiful haunting and ethereal flavors; the elegant style of our wines reflects her patience. The Ghost Hills Cellars Pinot Noir is from the estate Bayless-Bower Vineyard. She also produces a Pinot Noir Blanc at Ghost Hill Cellars. She makes a small quantity of Syrah and Viognier for Trappist Abbey Wines.

The winery was chosen to participate in the 2012 International Pinot Noir Celebration.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Ghost Hill Cellars “Spirit of Pinot Noir” Yamhill-Carlton Rosé

13.0% alc., pH 3.43, 156 cases, screwcap, $20. 50% saignée and 50% a byproduct of Pinot Noir Blanc pressing. Aged 6 months on lees with stirring in stainless steel. · Modest pink color in the glass. A crisp, lively wine with aromas and flavors of strawberry, blood orange, orange zest and cranberry. Satisfying, with some fruit dancing on the finish. Score: 88. Reviewed June 2, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Ghost Hill Cellars Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir Blanc

13.5% alc., pH 3.40, 416 cases, $25, screwcap. Produced since 2010 from young clone 115 vines. Whole cluster pressed into 100% stainless steel. Cool fermentation over 5 months on lees until it was filtered 3 days before bottling. · Pale rose with a gold cast in the glass. Aromas of apple and peach are echoed in the flavors with an added touch of red berry. Boisterous and complex with a lively cut of acidity. Pinot Noir Blanc always challenges the senses. Score: 89. Reviewed June 2, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Ghost Hill Cellars Bayliss-Bower Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.69, 300 cases, $42. Clones 114, Wädenswil, 777, and Pommard. 100% de-stemmed. Aged in 10% new French oak. 2012 International Pinot Noir Celebration Featured Wine. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely and spirited nose offering hi-tone aromas of cherry, dried herbs and spice. Middleweight flavors of dark cherry, sassafras, and savory herbs. Juicy and fresh, with a long, dry finish. Score: 90. Reviewed June 2, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Ghost Hill Cellars Prospector’s Reserve Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.64, 100 cases, $55. A 5 barrel selection of clones 114, 777, Pommard and Wädenswill in about equal proportions. One new barrel. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Very deep and enticing cherry aroma with a rose petal note. Discreetly concentrated core of cherry and raspberry fruit supported by fine-grain tannins and balanced acidity. Barrel management is spot on and the finish is particularly noteworthy for its persistence. Score: 92. Reviewed June 2, 2014 ARTICLE »

2008 Ghost Hill Cellars Bayliss-Bower Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

13.5%, re-release of 14 cases, $62. 100% free-run juice. Rebecca’s first wine at Ghost Hill Cellars. Some held back because the 2009 vintage was so fruit-forward and released again in May 2014 to Wine Club. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Deep black cherry aromas with a swirl of raspberry and a hint of watermelon. Full-bodied and structured with a core of intensely flavored black cherries and dark raspberries with a touch of spice, herbs and oak. The finish is generous and lasts over 30 seconds. A special wine with many years ahead. Score: 92. Reviewed June 2, 2014 ARTICLE »