2016 Pinot Noir Barrel Tastings

You are invited to sit down with us to sample through several barrels of our 2016 vintage Pinot noir. The wines you will be tasting will be offered as Futures at a 30% discount purchased by the case only.

  • Retail price: $588
  • Futures price: $410

Each seating will consist of 14 people. Reservations can be made below. $15 tasting fee. Complimentary for Wine Club Members, or if you purchase Futures.

Seating times: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

  • 2016 Pinot Noir Block 9-Pommard
  • 2016 Pinot Noir Block 10
  • 2016 Pinot Noir Block 10-Whole Cluster

Accolades from past Single Block Series wine

  • Years Best US Pinot Noir: Wine & Spirits
  • Portland Monthly Oregon’s 50 Best Wines: vintage 2012, 2013
  • 94 points Wine & Spirits
  • 93 points Wine & Spirits, Vinous, Pinot File
  • 92 points Vinous, Pinot File
  • 91 points Wine Enthusiast, Pinot File

Added Bonus Event: August 19, 2017 will be an invite only event for anyone who purchased Futures. You will be treated to a special tasting of past Single Block Single Clone wines in the vineyard, while learning a bit more about the soil and vineyard practices with winemaker Russell Gladhart.

“Oregon has never had three consecutive vintages like this,” said Dick Shea of Shea Vineyards. “There were bigger berries in 2014, and they really ripened up. This encouraged the blue component in the color and flavor. The grapes were smaller in 2015 and there was more heat at harvest, which made for more black fruit flavors. The 2016s also had small berries, and we thought it would be identical to 2015. In the fermentations, the wines showed more aromatic lift and less tannins. They’re more elegant.” -Wine Harvest Report 2016, Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator, October 2016.

The Beautiful Pig will be here sampling their locally sourced and made charcuterie.

 Please note we will be closed Memorial Day Monday

New Growth and Old Memories

Spring growth at Winter’s Hill Estate

Hiking through the vineyard today, it is clear that the growing season is underway, no matter how reluctantly the cold dreary winter recedes. On May 1 there was nothing but closed, fat pink buds; on May 3rd little green mouse ears were everywhere. Now the shoots of block 5, barely 530 feet in elevation and sheltered by a wood lot, are three to six inches long, with several leaves and two clusters of fruit. In blocks 6, 9 & 10, higher in elevation and windswept, the shoots are only one to three inches long, but pushing forward. Soon we will have to go through and thin out the extra buds, so that the shoots are not too close together. Although bud break this year was two weeks later than “normal”, and a month behind last year, we should still have time to ripen a lovely crop before the normal rainy season of early October.

Blooming Chestnut at Winter’s Hill Estate

In our back yard a large pink horse chestnut tree fills the view from the windows, 35 feet high and 40 feet wide, covered with huge pink blooms and buzzing with bees. Emily’s brother & sister-in-law planted it for us when my father died in May, 1992, and every May it reminds us of my dad, and Bill & Claire, and that the seasons will indeed return as expected.

Peter, Founder & Vineyard Manager

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