Ghost Hill Cellars 2011 Prospector’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $55
Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis’ selection of five barrels from the four clones planted on the estate — Pommard, Wadenswil, 777 and 114 — shows the maturity and powerful side of the Bayliss-Bower Vineyard along Savannah Ridge. The barrel program of 20% new French oak (one of the five barrels was new) allows for aromas of black cherry, peach, pipe tobacco, mint and crushed walnut. What follows are flavors of dried cherry, dried cranberry and dried strawberry with pie cherry acidity and sturdy tannins. Enjoy with Duck Confit, roasts and hearty stews.
Production: 120 cases