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Review: 2008 Ghost Hill Pinot Noir

Ghost Hill Cellars is really all about the history of the land it sits on which was first bought back in 1906 by the Bayliss family. Even thought it has changed formats during its 100-year tenure – going from dairy to growing grapes – is history is very much a part of what’s in the bottle.

Winemaker, Rebecca Marie, tries her best to pay homage to the land and its history by not getting in the way of what the grapes want to say each vintage. Her wine tends to lean a bit more to the “old world” style where we find higher acids and lower alcohol which I’m always a big fan of.

Review: 2008 Ghost Hill Pinot Noir

Technical Data:

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton District
  • Harvest Date: October 12, 2008
  • PH: 3.6
  • Barrel Aging: 12 months 13%-New Oak
  • Ageability: 7-10 years
  • Bottling Date: November 18, 2009
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Price: $42

Nose: Cranberries, bacon-fat, sour cherries, black pepper and a hint of squash.

Taste: Smokey beef jerky with some nice notes of cedar, allspice, anise and cranberry sauce. Super tight tannins speak to the youth of this wine – it has really nice acids as well. Tons of aging potential on this wine and frankly, I think it kicks more ass than the ghost of Gary Coleman all hopped up on smack. Very approachable now with a good decant and would probably be sublime in another 6-7 years or so.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%

On the web: http://www.ghosthillcellars.com