Denison Cellars

Owner(s) Denise Wilson, Tim Wilson
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Tim Wilson left behind a career in the credit card world to pursue an enology education at California State University Fresno. He developed his winemaking skills at Chateau Ste. Michele, Edna Valley Vineyard, Benton-Lane Winery and Dobbes Family Estate. In 2009 he launched his own label, focusing on Pinot Noir from small, sustainably-farmed vineyards. Tim's spouse, Denise, is also closely involved in the new winery.

The initial vineyard partner was Kiff Vineyard located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The 8-acre vineyard is planted to Dijon 667 and 777 and Pommard clones.

Tasting is available in Carlton at Republic of Jam and in McMinnville at Biggio Hamina Cellars. The 2009 Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir is sold through the winery's online store.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Denison Cellars Kiff Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.52, 125 cases, $38, screwcap. 667, 777 and Pommard clones. Aged 12 months in 335 new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Winemaker Tim Wilson. Vineyard farmed by Joel Kiff. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose displays an appealing marriage of black cherries and oak. Fresh, bright and flavorful, featuring black raspberry and black cherry fruit with a slight touch of peppery spice. Moderately rich with balanced, soft, dry tannins, and some length on the generous finish. This wine also has some textural interest and is beautifully crafted. Very good. Reviewed February 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

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