Pinot In the City - Day 5: Rex Hill 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

I'm on Day 5 of a 12-day look at Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley leading up to a special Dallas and Austin event hosted by Willamette Valley Wines called Pinot In the City. Each day, I’ll offer a few notes on a Pinot Noir from a different producer—all of whom will be in attendance to share their wines at Pinot In the City. 

The event, Pinot in the City in Dallas (Jan 24) and Austin (Jan. 26), will offer a special preview tasting of Willamette Valley wines that is open to the public with a VIP tasting at 5pm and a General Admission tasting at 6pm in each city on the respective dates. Check out ( for more information.

Day 5: Rex Hill Winery 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, $35

Like a king on a hilltop, this wine is royal with a sweeping view of the rich terroir this region has to offer. Aromas of red cherry and warm, dusty earth, crushed violets, dried sage, and cinnamon all greet the sense after a few swirls in the glass. There’s a lot going on here. But that’s not all. Deep, brooding concentrated fruit is offset by earth and dried mushroom on the palate. Grippy tannins usher through a slow, lingering finish. 

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Appellation: Willamette Valley

Aged for 11 months in 26% new French Oak

Production: 7,110 cases