Wine Wednesday: Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012 ($35)

2012 Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir - Red Wine - THEGRAPEThis Week In Red Wine: Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012 ($35)

“Ripe and generous, deftly balancing intense cherry, black currant and smoky, toasty overtones against fine, firm tannins and an open texture. The finish lingers easily. Best from 2016 through 2022.” – Wine Spectator


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

Wine Spectator – 93 Points (2009), 92 Points (2012), 90 Points (2010, 2013)

Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points (2012), 90 Points (2008, 2009)

Tasting Panel – 91 Points

Wilfred Wong [] – 90 Points


Wine Review

Rex Hill is known as one of the oldest wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region. Their philosophy is simple: “with great integrity and honestly we craft the finest wines we can – aiming to truly represent their origins and varietal character.” To achieve this goal Rex Hill farms their own vineyards and practices biodynamic methods. In addition, they respect what inherent features and qualities the fruit brings and then works to produce wines with power, elegance and eloquence, that represents not only the site and vintage but the climate as well.

The applauded, 2012 Rex Hill Pinot Noir exhibits a wine with great diversity and depth of flavor. It seduces its audience with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, plum, quince, and many spices – from cinnamon to ginger, to star anise to coriander. Upon further aeration, it blossoms even further to reveal earthy elements, tobacco, smoke, game, crushed rock and vanilla. This wine is rich with deep red, blue and black fruit flavors on the attack, an integrity that all classic Oregon Pinot Noirs possess. It pulls the palate back from being too rich and ripe and balances hedonism of the 2012 vintage with beautifully proportioned acidity and minerality. The texture reveals, fine-grained tannins – this wine is complex and offers concentrated fruit flavors that build up to a long lengthy finish that ends with notes of coffee and cocoa powder.

Wine Enthusiast described the 2012 Rex Hill Pinot Noir as follows, “This aromatic and complex Pinot is a fine representation of the outstanding 2012 vintage. Dusty and captivating, it displays a wealth of berry fruit, baking spice, crushed rock and vanilla. The balance and underlying acidity are just right, as are the ripe, proportionate tannins.”

Drink now or store for another 5 to 7 years. If you prefer to enjoy this wine with food, consider the following recommendations we’ve offered below: pepper crusted pork chops, quick and easy meatball subs, or shrimp scampi pasta; another delicious alternative is the Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes.


Wine Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Wine Grapes: Pinot Noir

Style: Full-bodied, Balanced & Complex

Drinks Like: 2012 VML Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Limited Release ($32), 2013 Loring Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys’ Vineyard ($36)


Food & Wine Pairings: Pepper Crusted Pork Chops – Click To View Recipes

Pepper Crusted Pork Chops - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Meatball Sub DinnerShrimp Scampi Pasta,  and Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Red wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & Pinot Noir wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!


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The 2012 Rex Hill Pinot Noir is perfect for those who are of a Pinot persuasion. I’m not sure if the word, complex truly describes this wine either. There is a lot going on, just when you think you’ve detected all of its aromas and flavors, your palate discovers more. Each sip was very different and with food… well let’s just say, it was a party of flavors – in a very good way. This wine offers a wealth of dense dark fruits like, blackberry, faint notes of blueberry, raspberry, black soil, and smoke, along with an array of spices and tobacco with a hint of cocoa on the finish. Purchase this Grape Certified Platinum wine today! Don’t wait, store or open and aerate at your leisure.

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