2009 Winter’s Hill Vineyard Reserve Estate Bottled Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 125 cases, $55. Made exclusively from grapes grown in the 35-acre Estate Vineyard located between Domaine Serene, Stoller Vineyards and Vista Hills Vineyard. Clones are Pommard, Wädenswil, 114 and 115. 100% destemmed, 24-hour cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentation, aged 31 months in 20% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A fruit-driven nose that has staying power in the glass over time. Enticing aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries with a hint of spice, briar and forest floor. Fullflavored with appealing roundness and pitch, featuring earth-kissed black cherries, black raspberries, and sassafras, set off by well-integrated tannins and acidity, finishing with a rush of spicy raspberry goodness. A riper fruit profile than the 2010 vintage bottling with more richness. Impeccable balance for aging. Hard to stop sipping this one. Score: 92. Reviewed September 5, 2013

Winery: Winter’s Hill Vineyard
From article: Small Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir and a Few Whites