2015 Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Prince Hill
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $34.94 (was: $44.94)*
For all the talk of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir being some of the best, or most ‘Burgundian’ Pinot in the US, it’s easy to forget that its reputation for value is just as strong. Erath is no doubt part of the old-school in the Willamette Valley, and their small production, single-vineyard releases are terrific expressions of Oregon terroir. Per Vinous, “Oregon is now the place for QPR in the high-quality Pinot game” and today’s 2015 ‘Prince Hill’ Pinot Noir from Erath is a serious challenge to high-end California Pinot and Burgundy at double the price. You won’t find this 2015 anywhere else, and with well under 1000 cases made it’s unlikely to pop up again!
Prince Hill held a special place in the Erath lineup, as Dick Erath built his home on the property and remained even after he retired in 2006. The end of an era, 2015 was Erath’s final vintage from Prince Hill, but the warm and dry vintage resulted in a delicious and refined Pinot Noir!
“One of Oregon’s pioneers” (Wine Advocate), Dick Erath planted vines in the Dundee Hills in 1969, making a mere 200 cases in his first vintage. From the beginning the Dundee Hills was the focus, and Prince Hill Vineyard was their prized site for decades. Sadly the vineyard has now been sold, but this delightful, old-school 2015 is the last vintage produced by Erath, and you won’t find it anywhere else!
93 points, James Suckling: This displays lovely herbs, orange rind, cranberries, strawberries, savory elements and Chinese spices. Medium to full body, velvety tannins, lovely tangy fruit and a long finish. Drink or hold.";
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Pinot Noir Prince Hill Vineyard is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a soft, delicate nose of potpourri and dried rose petals over cranberry sauce, raspberry jam and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, it offers beautiful strawberry and raspberry jam notes in the mouth with wonderful savory/meaty touches, a great frame of fine-grained tannins and juicy, mouthwatering acidity, finishing long and packed with sweet fruit. 895 cases produced."
*Offer publication date August 28, 2020. Pricing and availability subject to change.