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Review: Ghost Hill Cellars – 3-way Round-up

Winemaker Rebecca Pittock was a jet-engine mechanic in the Oregon Air National Guard and within the past few years has traded in wrenches for hoses, pumps and barrels. Her natural wit, charm and passion comes out in every bottle she makes – these wines are under the Ghost Hill Cellars label.

Rebecca partnered with a local couple who have really started doing a good job, showcasing what the greater Yamhill-Carlton area of the Willamette Valley is capable of. Her passion comes through in presenting us Pinot Noir in this round-up as a white, red and pink wine.

Review: Ghost Hill Cellars - 3-way Round-up

2010 Pinot Noir Blanc – Bayless-Bower Vineyard

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • 330 (750 ml / 12 bottle) cases were produced.
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • 3.4 ph
  • 100% Stainless Steel ~ Aged on lees for 6 months
  • Harvested: October 19, 2010
  • Bottled: April 07, 2011
  • Retail: $25/btl

Nose: Honeysuckle, chalk, grapefruit, kiwi, white pepper, banana and lemon peel.

Taste: Nice flavors of jasmine-laced sidewalk chalk, honeysuckle, green apple and spice. Billiant acids go ripping across the mid palate and have just enough “umph” to go soaring across the finish line and help you enjoy the next bite of food. This is an incredibly food-friendly white wine that will make you forget the word, Pinot, is even in the name. Nice, clean finish – a no-brainer for lightly-sauced pasta dishes or fresh, light seafood dishes like scallops or oysters.

2010 The Spirit of Pinot Noir “Rosé” – Bayless-Bower Vineyard

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • 95 (750 ml / 12 bottle) cases were produced.
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • 3.56 ph
  • 100% Stainless Steel ~ Aged on lees for 6 months
  • Harvested: October 19, 2010
  • Bottled; April 07, 2011
  • Retail: $18/btl

Nose: Playground tire swing in the middle of a strawberry patch – toss in some cherry 7up and ocean spray cranberry action – that’s what I’m getting from the smell of this wine.

Taste: Watermelon rine, white pepper, sour cherries, golden raisins and a hint of Michelin action as well. Nice, tart and dry mid palate creates a very refreshing and food-friendly Rose that folks who are used to sweeter Rose’s won’t like too much. To me, however, this is where it’s at – dry, refreshing with the purity of the fruit still in tact.

2009 Pinot Noir – Bayliess-Bower Vineyard

W.E.P. Rating: 95%

Technical Data:

  • 245 (750 ml / 12 bottle) cases were produced, as well as 35 cases of magnums from the 2009 vintage.
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • 3.68 ph
  • 10% New French Oak
  • Harvested: September 26, 2009
  • Bottled: September 30, 2010
  • Retail: $42/btl

Nose: Cranberries with just a slight touch of cedar but not the smokey kind. It smells like someone took a cedar plank and soaked it in Ocean Spray for a few days and then topped on some rhubarb pie and melted plastic action figures.

Taste: Bright cranberry, rhubarb stem, cabbage, White pepper, modeling clay and gi joe action figure. This is a very “old-school” style Pinot in that it’s not had a ton of oak on it and is very laid back with nice acids. Good stucture that tarness that I personally like, however, I know those who prefer more of a “moutfhfeel” (i.e. more oak) will want Pinot’s made in newer oak. Overall a solid, food-friendly Pinot that showcases how well Oregon can make wines in this style.

 

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

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