- 92 points - Pinot File, June, 2014
Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Very deep and enticing cherry aroma with a rose petal note. Discreetly concentrated core of cherry and raspberry fruit supported by fine-grain tannins and balanced acidity. Barrel management is spot on and the finish is particularly noteworthy for its persistence.
- 89 Points - Allen Meadows, TheBurghound.com, Jan., 2015
Ghost Hill Prospector’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
The 2011 “Prospector’s Reserve” -- named in honor of the miner, whose legend provides the name for our estate-- is a very limited blend of five barrels. They were selected by our winemaker because of unique qualities that made them stand out above and beyond the rest of the barrels in the cellar. The 2011 Reserve is a blend of the four main clones from the oldest part of the vineyard. In 2011 this blend is dominated by 2 barrels of the Wädenswil clone (1 second fill & one fourth fill), a new French oak Allary barrel of Pommard, & completed by neutral barrels containing 777 & 114.
Alcohol: 13.5% pH 3.64
Cooperage: 20% New French Oak
Harvested: October 26, 2011
Cases Produced: 120
This bottling represents a more expressive, even “masculine” style, of Pinot Noir from our estate. Deep aromas of dark cherry, red currants, anise, and hints of herbal tones such as purple sage and eucalyptus tinged with vanilla and dark caramel overlying a rich warm cigar box on the nose. The mouth has a fullness with weight and structure. It has a fresh clean vibrancy of dark fruit and spices in the mouth with a brightness of acidity in the generous finish. Excellent balance of alcohol, acidity and tannin structure. This is a wine made to lay down for a bit and will show great growth with proper cellaring. It will pair well against dishes of richness as well as red meat that would often call out for a fuller bodied big red.