11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Ghost Hill Cellars 2010 Bayliss-Bower Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $42

ghost_hill_pinot_noir_bottleShowy and elegant, this Pommard-based Pinot Noir from estate vines stands on the precipice of greatness. The complex nose offers hints of dark cherry, loganberry, smoky blueberry, black olive, graphite, fresh cedar and rose petal. It strikes a breezy balance of blueberry and boysenberry with Bing cherry flavors, combined with juicy acidity and modest tannins that carry into some earthiness in the finish. Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis’ restrained use of oak (10% new French barrels) also opens the cupboard to more versatility at the dining table.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 360 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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