Ghost Hill Cellars 2014 Bayliss-Bower Vineyard Pinot Noir Blanc, Yamhill-Carlton, $25

By on February 18, 2017

One of the final wines Rebecca Pittock Thompson bottled for Ghost Hill Cellars in 2015 is this still version of blanc de noir. It carries a touch of the pinkish golden hue found in a Pinot Gris with skin contact, and while it never saw oak the stirring of the lees accounts for a fascinating nose of a toffee sugar cookie, Graham cracker and caramel apple. The mouth feel is creamy with flavors of starfruit and baked Granny Smith apple, then finishes with Rainier cherry. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the Bayliss family’s farmhouse near Carlton, Ore., and their tasting room is uniquely styled after a prospector shack – a subtle reference to miner murdered on the property on the heels of the Oregon Territory gold rush of 1851.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 590 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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