11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Winter’s Hill Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $34

winters-hill-vineyard-2010-pinot-noir-labelQuite a neighborhood has sprung up around the Gladhart farm in Dayton, Ore., which the family started in 1961. Their 35-acre estate vineyard, certified as sustainable in 1999, is bordered by Domaine Serene, Stoller and Vista Hills, and this release from a nerve-wracking vintage certainly stands alongside those producers. It’s classic Dundee Hills from start to finish, opening with aromas of high-toned red fruit, lime peel, mint leaf and graphite. There’s very little sign of oak on the palate either, instead it’s brightly flavored with juicy cranberry, dried strawberry, plum and allspice, followed by a lick of Jolly Rancher watermelon candy and capped by lemon juice.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 195 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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