Eleven Oregon wines received an “Outstanding” score from Wine Press Northwest, the highest possible ranking. Below are some excerpts from the article, Tasting results: Pinot Noir.
Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Watershed Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $25: Longtime Dundee Hills winery Winter’s Hill created this wine, which pays tribute to the fact that its vineyard borders the watersheds for two nearby communities. This is one of several Winter’s Hill Pinot Noirs being crafted by Delphine Gladhart, and it might just be her best effort. It opens with aromas of fresh cranberry, rhubarb and just a hint of vanilla and cocoa powder. On the palate, it reveals flavors of red currant jam, dried cranberry and strawberry jam. It’s an elegant wine with a clean, tart finish. (436 cases, 14% alc.)
Anam Cara Cellars 2011 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $32: Sheila and Nick Nicholas planted their vineyard in 2001 in a tucked-away corner of the Chehalem Mountains, not far from the city of Newberg, Ore. Though from a challenging vintage, this Pinot Noir exudes elegance and delight, thanks to aromas of wintergreen, red currant, cranberry and even a hint of toasted marshmallow. It’s a lighter style of wine that is giving a hint at its ability to mature and evolve into something even more complex. A smokiness on the palate leads to flavors of baked cherry pie and bright notes of raspberry on the memorable finish. (1,700 cases, 12.4% alc.)