Wine Spectator 93 Points
Focused, light, lively and savory, with distinctive mineral notes coursing through the cherry and raspberry flavors, persisting on the finish with finesse and flair. Drink now through 2023. 1,488 cases made.
|Wine maker notes
|Cherry Hill Winery produced its first vintage from our new winery in 2003. The Cherry Hill Winery Estate Pinot Noir is handcrafted from our Pommard clone which makes up 55% of our 90 acre estate vineyard. Our state of the art gravity feed winery provided us with the tools to carefully handcraft this most difficult grape into a light delicate pinot noir. The fruit for this beautiful wine was hand picked from our best blocks where yields are restricted to two tons per acre. The grapes were destemmed and gravity fed to our small fermenters where each lot was carefully monitored. The wine aged in neutral French oak for one year and is a light delicate wine with beautiful color and texture. Like all things of beauty, this wine will improve with age, but it is a beauty now!
|Pinot Noir is known as the most food-friendly grape and Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs rank with the best in the world. We recommend entrees of fish, beef, wild game, and pastas.
|The area has been known as Cherry Hill as far back as the local lore runs in this young corner of America. Wild cherries have always grown here, and much of our 150 acres were planted in sweet Royal Anne cherries in the 1960s.
Even earlier the hill was planted to prune trees, which produced succulent fruit. Indeed, the entire Willamette Valley is known for wonderful soil and a long, moderate growing season that is just right for agriculture of all kinds. Today the Willamette Valley is planted to over 6,000 acres of Pinot Noir.
In the early 1990ís this property was purchased by the legendary William Hill, one of the early visionaries of the Napa Valley. Hillís special facility with hillside sites is famous: he developed Atlas Peak, Diamond Mountain Ranch, Mount Veeder and other distinctive appellations in the Napa region.
That same ‘nose for slopesí led him to the Eola Hills. The undeveloped rural district had all the right ingredients for world-class pinot noir: the right cool climate, southwestern slopes, elevations between 250-500 feet, and the essential rich, well-drained Jory soils. (In fact, Jory soil is named for nearby Jory Hill in Oregonís Marion County.)
William Hill acquired a large tract of land here in the Eola Hills early in the 1990s. He divided the property into three separate parcels, all of which are now planted to pinot noir and one of which was purchased in 1998 by our own Mike Sweeney.
William Hill continues to pursue vineyard development in the area with his Premier Pacific project. We at Cherry Hill continue to pursue our own Holy Grail: producing a perfect Pinot Noir from some of the best fruit acreage on the planet.