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Dick Erath was the long time owner of Prince Hill Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. He planted Clone 95, also known as the Erath clone and produced A Prince Hill CL95 Pinot Noir 2012-2015.
In 2016, Erath assigned the Prince Hill name to Laurent Montalieu of Hyland Estate and together they released a 2016 Prince Hill CL 95 Pinot Noir.
In 2017, Prince Hill Vineyard was sold to Silver Oak from California for their Twomey label and they were assigned the Prince Hill name. Twomey plans to replant some of the vineyard (it is affected with phylloxera) with new rootstock and clones and continue to sell the grapes. Eventually, Twomey will produce Pinot Noir under its own label.
2017 Prince Hill Grand Vin De Garage Depuis 1965 CL 95 Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
1 barrel, unlabelled. A small production personal project of Dick Erath. Grapes were from third leaf vines at Prince Hill Vineyard. Yield about 1 ton per acre. Harvest Brix was over 25º so watered back. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of purple and black berries and a hint of vanilla. Deep blackberry flavor backed by moderate tannins. Intense and saturating in flavor in a mid weight plus, very ripe style. A hedonistic Pinot that is a bit “over the top” with an astringent finish. Score: 88. Reviewed October 26, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Prince Hill CL 95 Grand Vin De Garage Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Harvest Brix 23.9º. pH 3.39, TA 0.61. 100% de-stemmed. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, dried rose petal, balsam and earthy flora. Mid weight in style, with flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, savory herbs, baking spices, vanilla and caramel. Impressive fruit purity and a sterling expression of cherry fruit. Satiny in texture with suede tannins and a very long finish. More enticing when tasted later in the day from an opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed January 20, 2018 ARTICLE »
2015 Prince Hill CL 95 Grand Vin De Garage Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
45% whole cluster fermented. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, dark berry and sandalwood. The nose is intoxicating. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and black raspberry with a welcome spice accent. The wine offers well-structured tannins that are in balance, a deft touch of oak, and a pleasingly sappy cherry presence woven through the finish. Reminded me of Pommard in character and even a Chambertin. This charming wine continued to evolve in the bottle over a day’s time and became flat-out terrific. Score: 95. Reviewed January 20, 2018 ARTICLE »
2014 Prince Hill CL 95 Grand Vin De Garage Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Light ruby red color with an orange tinge in the glass. Shy, but pleasing aromas of red cherry, strawberry and grill rub spices. Light and delicate, with slightly confected flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice, showing more fruit flavor than one would expect from the light color but still a tad shallow. Silky in the mouth, finishing tangy with a citrus-coated cranberry theme. The higher yields show in the lighter concentration of this wine. Score: 90. Reviewed January 20, 2018 ARTICLE »