2011 Winter’s Hill Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $34. Grapes exclusively from the winery’s Dundee Hills Estate Vineyard. Jory soils at 525-730 feet elevation. Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe since 1999. 100% de-stemmed, 1-day cold soak before yeast inoculation. Aged 24 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Estate bottled. · Light garnet color in the glass. Initially the bright aromas of cherry, strawberry, spice and sandalwood are appealing, but they fade over time in the glass. The flavors echo the aroma profile in a light, elegantly styled wine. More flavorful than one would expect from the color with some green herbs (a sign of unripe fruit) showing up in the background. Some slightly astringent tannins show up on the tart cherry finish. Score: 87. Reviewed July 6, 2014

Winery: Winter’s Hill Vineyard
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