|Owner(s)||Neil Shay, Sue Shay|
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Neil and Sue Shay are Willamette Valley transplants from Florida who moved to Monroe in 2011. They renovated a property that was overgrown with Christmas trees and bluebirds.
The couple had crafted hobby wines when they lived in Southern Michigan and had success with local contests. Neil was a food science professor who began work as a teacher and researcher at Oregon State University and also served as director of the Oregon Wine Institute. Sue had a background in sales and marketing and worked in that capacity for Airlie Winery and Heart of Willamette Valley wineries. Encouraged by the owners of Cardwell Hill, they jumped into the wine business as part of their "active retirement."
Bluebird Hill Cellars started small, with 214 cases released from the 2015 vintage. They sourced fruit from various wineries and enlisted the winemaking expertise of Bobby Moy. They now have a line of seven varietals including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Local artist Sky Evans painted the bluebird that graces the wine labels.
A 1.5-acre vineyard has been planted on each side of the main house with tight spacing.
A tasting room is located in the B&B.
2017 Bluebird Hill Cellars Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.8% alc., 90 cases, $32. Released August 2018. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Plenty of aromas to explore including lemon oil, pineapple, white peach, pear and buttery biscuit. Slightly creamy in the mouth, with energetic flavors of lemon, grapefruit and apple. Excellent balance and beguiling appeal. Score: 93. Reviewed February 2, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Bluebird Hill Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 110 cases, $32. Released May 2018. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Pleasing fragrance of black cherry, dark cranberry and toast. Light to mid weight in concentration, offering forward flavors of black cherry with a deft touch of toasty oak in the background. Elegant and straightforward, with minimal tannins and a cherries jubilee finish. Score: 89. Reviewed February 2, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Bluebird Hill Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 30 cases, $49. Released August 2018. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Charming aromas of cherry, red berry, rose petal and dried herbs. Righteous fruit flavors of cherry and blueberry with hints of tutti-fruity, spice and cocoa. A classy wine with balanced tannins, juicy acidity and persistence on the finish. The lovely fruit floods the mouth with goodness without weight, picking up charm and intensity over time in the glass. Score: 93. Reviewed February 2, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Bluebird Hill Cellars Walnut Ridge Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 30 cases, $49. Released August 2018. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Cherry, spice and rose petal aromas and flavors in this middleweight offering have appealing freshness. The wine displays gossamer tannins and a modest finish. The cherry fruit has a majestic and seductive quality. Score: 92. Reviewed February 2, 2019 ARTICLE »
2016 Bluebird Hill Cellars Zenith Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 30 cases, $49. Released August 2018. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose lacks fruit even over time in the glass, offering only aromas of turned earth, ash and woodpile. Discretely concentrated in a mid weight style with an assertive core of lush black cherry fruit. A little smoky, with sleek tannins and good persistence on the finish. Score: 91. Reviewed February 2, 2019 ARTICLE »