I let go of my membership to the Justin Wine Society about 6 months ago. Another one of my remaining 3 is on the chopping block. Lean times.
Vista Hills, however, is not going anywhere—ironically, there is no doubt that had they not contacted us a day prior to our visit to Oregon and invited us to swing by, I would have no idea who they are and what makes them special. I adore their Pinot Noir of course, but I also admire their people, their location, and their unique combination of winemaking talent and collaborative cellar work (White Rose, De Ponte, Northwest Wine Company, Panther Creek).
The result is a very small production winery that shows real bottle diversity—not just a cost corresponding pecking order based on fundamentally similar wine. Oh, and everything I’ve seen on club price lists has been under $39. Did I mention I could hit Domaine Serene with a 9 iron from there?
Perfumed, sweet nose (sweet in the right places)—very intimate. Delicate raspberry, white chocolate, and rose. Dappled with moments of smooth intensity. A hint of effervescence in the sinuses (a similar quality to New Zealand Pinot), and some secondary notes of gravel and tar bubbles. Nilla Wafer and strawberry trim the refreshing, uncomplicated palate.
Under 500 cases, all estate vines from the sloped Dundee Hills, under $25. Boutique Pinot at an unheard of price—especially out here on the east coast. This is the third or fourth occasion I’ve sampled the ’07 Treehouse over the last 6 months and the progression has been notable and quite positive—it has really come to life.
Contact Ryan Fish (email@example.com), Tasting Room Manager and Treehouse Club Liason for information on joining.