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Review of Carlton Hills 2008 Estate Pinot Noir featured on SipNorthwest.com’s Daily Sip.

“David Polite is a man of many titles. He is also an attorney by trade, a staunch Yamhill County resident, a conservative winemaker, a self-taught farmer, a natural salesman, an avid croquet player, a zealous community activist and, in his words, a genius. On a recent visit to taste with the owner and winemaker of Yamhill-Carlton’s Carlton Hill Vineyard in Carlton, Oregon, I learned firsthand of Polite’s list of sobriquets and even more candid (and often explicit) opinions. Each one more golden than the last.

After getting lost on a mile-long gravel road that leads to Polite’s home-vineyard-winery combo, he immediately cut the crap from behind a loaded tobacco pipe. “Great Pinot Noir is grown in the field,” Polite says. “I just have to not f— it up.” In 1991, Polite left New York City, moved west to buy a six-acre farm (which has since grown to 11 acres) and planted exclusively Pinot Noir several years later. The catch-and-release fly fisherman has made sure his vineyard practices were up-to-date as well, including certifications for both Salmon Safe and LIVE (Low-Input Viticulture and Enology).”

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