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Guillén Family Wines

Owner(s) Jesus Guillén
Web site www.guillenfamily.com
 
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Guillén Family Wines

The winemaker for White Rose Estate, Jesus Guillén, launched his own label in 2013, initially offering a very small production of 80 cases of Pinot Noir with grapes sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard. By the 2015 vintage, Jesus had added additional vineyard sources and increased production to 1,000 cases of Pinot Noir.

The Guillén wines are not identical to White Rose Estate Wines. They are 100% whole cluster like many of the White Rose Pinot Noirs, but are fermented with native yeast and are more extracted and structured Pinot Noirs.

The wine is sold through a mailing list. The wines are poured for tasting at Winter's Hill Winery once a month as well as Valentine's Day, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekend (check website for dates).

Reviewed Wines

2014 Guillén Family Estaban Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.,154 cases, $25. Sourced from 3 vineyards: 56% Domingo, 42% Vista Hills Block F, and 2% Meredith Mitchell. A selection of the most approachable barrels in the cellar. Native yeast fermentation with 100% whole clusters. Basket pressed and aged on the lees in 100% neutral French oak barrels for 11 months. The wine was racked twice, after the completion of MLF and again before bottling. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose really shines with bright aromas of plum, dark raspberry and spice. Very soft in the mouth with the mid weight core of darker berry and plum fruit flavors accented with notes of dark chocolate. Forward drinking and easy to like, with plenty of fruit and a bit of fruit tannin on the structured finish. Score: 90. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Damián Winemaker’s Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 140 cases, $40. Sourced from 3 vineyards: 40% Vista Hills Block F (667), 20% Meredith Mitchell (Pommard), and 40% Saikkonen (Pommard). No cold soak, 13-day native yeast fermentation, 100% whole cluster, basket pressed, aged on the lees 11 months in French oak barrels, 20% new Francois Frères. Racked twice, after the completion of MLF and again before bottling. Filtered. A meticulous selection of the best barrels in the cellar offering harmony, complexity and mouthfeel. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Gorgeous nose with effusive aromas of black cherry jam, dark red rose petal, pine sap and spice. Impressive fruit presence offering an array of purple fruits and plenty of spice. Somewhat forward, with appealing elegance, harmony, and firm, but lacy tannins. Score: 92-94. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Family Meredith Mitchell Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $45. Pommard clone planted in 1996. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Beautiful aromatic presence, offering scents of black cherry pie and spice. The mid weight, juicy purple berry and black cherry fruits have noticeable presence on the mid palate and envious length on the finish. A spice and savory earth component add interest. This wine has the most tannin among the single vineyard bottlings, but the tannin is fruit in origin and not particularly astringent. The lip-smacking finish completes the bright picture. Score: 90-92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Family Saikkonen Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $45. Pommard clone planted in 2003. Vineyard is adjacent Brick House. · Moderate dark reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely appointed nose, offering aromas of purple fruits, spice, bark and ground almonds. Great potential for this mid to full-bodied wine that offers appealing intensity of boysenberry, cassis and black plum fruit flavors backed by firm, ripe and well-proportioned tannins and racy acidity. Score: 90-92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Family Vista Hills Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $45. Pommard 4 clone planted in 2006. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Shy dark fruits on the nose that is primarily offering sous-bois and floral aromas. The intense attack of dark stone and berry fruits is framed by firm, but amorous tannins and bright acidity. The fruit offers a moderately expansive finish. Score: 88-91. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2014 Guillén Adrián Reserve Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 125 cases, $60, Sourced from 3 vineyards, 100% Pommard clone: 40% Vista Hills Block G, 20% Saikkonen, and 40% Meredith Mitchell. Native yeast fermentation using 100% whole clusters. Basket pressed and aged on the lees in 100% lightly toasted new French oak barrels for 11 months. The wine was racked twice after MLF and again before bottling. Filtered. 100% Pommard. Jesus’ attempt to mimic DRC. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of plum, boysenberry, exotic spice and wilted dark rose petal. Vibrant purple fruits tread lightly on the palate in this juicy wine. Inviting integration of oak, fruit and oak tannins, and acidity. This wine will need a few years to fully evolve and display its engaging character, but it has purposely been built for longevity. Score: 93-95. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Guillén Family Adrian Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., 75 cases, $40. Sourced from Block F at Vista Hills Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Clone 667 planted in 2005. Native yeast fermentation, 100% whole cluster, aged sur lie 11 months in 100% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light red cherry color in the glass. Typical whole cluster goodness on the nose with highly fragrant aromas of rose petal, spice, and green tea. Light to mid weight flavors of wellspiced and juicy red cherry fruit. Quite forward, with the slightest oak in the background and well-integrated tannins. Not as ripe or sappy as the 2012 vintage bottling, but plenty of charm. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had picked up a little more flavor intensity and length indicating short-term cellaring is indicated. Score: 93. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Guillen Family Damian Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 61 cases, $40. Sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. 4-day cold soak, 22 days skin contact, basket pressed, aged 11 months sur lie in neutral French oak. Racked twice and filtered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Invigorating aromas of black cherry pie glaze, vanilla, wilted rose and spice. Eye-opening attack of well-ripened black cherry and black raspberry fruits which are vivid and juicy. The tannins are beautifully managed and balanced acidity adds verve. The aging potential is obvious from the full and persistent finish. Score: 94. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Guillen Family Adrian Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 23 cases, $60. Sourced from Vistal Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. 4-day cold soak, 22 days skin contact, basket pressed, aged 17 months sur lie in one new French oak barrel. Racked twice and filtered. Bottled very recently. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. The nose is reticent, giving up reluctantly some hints of darker fruits, spice and a subtle oak. Rich and sappy, with a plethora of fruit flavors including black raspberry, plum, cassis and spice, supported by broadshouldered, yet refined tannins. The wine has a caressing mouthfeel, and a finish of startling length. I think Grand Cru entered my mind while tasting this beauty. Still very young, but the potential is obvious. Score: 95. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Guillen Family Dreamcatcher Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 31 cases, $25. Sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. More strict sorting in this vintage. 100% whole cluster and native fermentation, 11-day cold soak, 22 days on skins, basket pressed, aged in neutral French oak barrels for 11 months. Racked twice and filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely whole cluster nose featuring bright aromas of warm cherries and spice. The core of black cherry fruit is complimented by a lively underbelly of acid and a firm, but noble, non-astringent tannins. The long and mighty finish is especially notable. Score: 92. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Guillen Family Damian Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 23 cases, $40. Sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. 100% whole cluster and native fermentation, 11-day cold soak, 22 days skin contact, basket pressed, aged sur lie in a neutral French oak barrel for 11 months. Racked twice and filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Very exotic whole cluster nose with an array of spice and floral notes accenting the cherry essence. Very similar to the 2011 Dreamcatcher on the palate with an added note of herbs and Asian 5-spice. Inviting viscosity and sap supported by a muscular, but suave backbone of tannins. Score: 92. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Guillen Family Adrian Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 23 cases, $60. One barrel of reserve wine. Sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. 11-day cold soak, 22 days skin contact, basket pressed, aged 24 months sur lie in one new French oak barrel. Racked twice and filtered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Soaring, bright aromas of darker stone and berry fruits accented with spice and dark red rose petals. Powerful, yet very polished, with a layered array of dark red and purple fruits, well-spiced, with nonintrusive oak. Suave tannins show up on the glorious finish. Score: 95. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Guillen Family Dreamcatcher Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 61 cases, $25. Sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. 100% whole cluster, native fermentation, 7-day cold soak, 20-day skin contact, basket pressed, aged 11 months in neutral French oak, racked twice, after malolactic fermentation and before bottling. Filtered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Light in weight, but packs plenty of flavor, with vibrant and juicy flavors of cherry and spice. Aromatically inviting with scents of spiced cherries and a hint of smoke. Score: 90. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Guillen Family Damian Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., 23 cases, $40. Sourced from Vista Hills Vineyard Block F planted in 2005 with Dijon 667. Jory soils. 100% whole cluster, native fermentation, 7-day cold soak, 20-days skin contact, basket pressed, aged sur lie 11 months in a neutral French oak barrel. Racked twice and filtered. · Light garnet hue in the glass. Very pure nose typical of whole cluster with hi-tone cherry, spice and floral aromas. A well-sustained mid palate features ripe cherry and raspberry flavors that carry over to a generous finish. More viscosity and an appealing velvety mouth feel. Score: 92. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2009 Guillen Family Dreamcatcher Dundee Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $25. High percentage of whole cluster. Aged in neutral French oak barrel. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A solid, mid weight wine with enticing aromas of cherry, raspberry, rose, and spice echoed in the flavors that fan out on the palate, displaying a balanced backbone of soft tannins. Score: 89. Reviewed June 14, 2014 ARTICLE »