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White Rose Estate Tasting

It is our pleasure to welcome the General Manager of White Rose Estates, Gavin Joll June 12th.  In this You Tube video, watch Gavin discuss the wines he is happy to represent; some of Oregon's highest rated Pinot Noirs.  


Like many of the wines that adorn my wine list at the Pear, White Rose Pinot is no different in its romantic story of inception and thoughtful and delicate winemaking. 


The Story...

"In the summer of 2000, Greg Sanders knocked on the door of an old farm house sitting at the top of the Dundee Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The house was just up the gravel road from a few of Oregon's most notable wineries: Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin Oregon and Domaine Serene. Surrounding the farm house was a small vineyard, self-rooted in 1980, that over the years had become known for the quality of its fruit. St. Innocent, Panther Creek and Torii Mor, had all purchased fruit from this site, bottling wines and designating them as "White Rose Vineyard". Having been an impassioned fan of pinot noir for many years, it was Greg's dream to own a vineyard from which he could produce artisanal, hand-made wines of outstanding quality. His search had led him to the top of this hill, and when he left, he took with him the deed to a dream."


The Vineyard...

"Planted in 1980 to own-rooted Pommard clone pinot noir, the 10-acre White Rose Vineyard is one of the oldest and most storied vineyards in Oregon. Planted on east-southeast facing slopes of volcanic Jory soils in the heart of the Dundee Hills, the vines consistently produce fruit of great character and complexity. The vineyard sits at the top of the hill at 870 feet elevation, overlooking much of the Willamette Valley. This hilltop location allows us to maximize "hang time", the length of the time the clusters are maturing on the plant, which results in greater flavor development while maintaing balanced sugars and acid."


The Wine...

The objective of winemaker, Jesus Guillen is to present the terroir of the vineyards in a pure, focused style, enabling an expression of elegance and clarity that only great vineyards can achieve. Aromatic complexity and depth of flavors that demonstrate varietal typicality are the fundamental goals for all their wines. Guillen began as a vineyard worker in 2002, but his sophisticated palate and passion for the art of enology launched him into the role of head winemaker in 2008. Since then, his balanced, elegant, and complex wines have earned him a respected place among the state’s wine elite. With rich flavors of cherry compote, baking spices, mushroom, and dill-a surprising element of the classic Oregon pinot flavor profile-along with a savory earthiness, this wine drinks beautifully right now, and will age well for at least five to seven years.  

During the tasting at the Pear, we will have plenty of Guillen's White Rose Pinot 2012, and then we will compare "The Neo-Classical Objective Pinot 2011 and 2012 as well as "White Rose Vineyard" 2011 and 2012.


White Rose Tasting, June 12th 6pm - 7:30ish

$25 per person, 5 wines, snacks from the kitchen

Please join us for our tasting and then consider joining us for dinner as well. Should you stay for dinner, enjoy a bottle of White Rose Pinot Noir, 2012 at 50% off. 


Please call 410-770-3300 or email

Earlier Event: June 2
Spire Wine Dinner
Later Event: July 1
Happy Hour at the Pear