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JOIN US and The Carlton Winemakers Studio, Elk Cove Vineyards and Pike Road Wines as we "Share the Love" for the month of February!

We invite our wine club members to take advantage of this exclusive promotion and enjoy their membership discounts and complimentary tastings at these participating wineries from February 1st-28th, 2017.

Please visit your wine club tasting room to get your VIP tasting passport. Available to pick up after Saturday, January 28th, 2017.


For questions, please contact Kaylee Brown or Whitney Hollensted

 

Our wine club is here! Please see Projects for more details or click on our newsletter below!

We Have Moved! Please join us at our new location!

Hamacher Wines now resides at the Historic Ponzi Estate in Beaverton, Oregon. 

Open Wed - Sun, 11-5pm
14665 SW Winery Lane, Beaverton, OR 97007
503-628-1910

Established in 1970, the Historic Ponzi Estate is located just minutes from Portland. The towering firs and beautiful, old vines welcome guests to the charming property. The Estate Vineyard is one of the few existing vineyards in Oregon that is nearly 50 years old.

Walk one of the state’s oldest vineyards and taste current releases from Hamacher Wines. Resident winemaker, Eric Hamacher produces limited production Pinot noirs and Chardonnays out of the Ponzi historic winery. Current releases can be sampled and purchased from the tasting room.

 

REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate
2011 Hamacher Pinot Noir - 92 Points!

The 2011 Pinot Noir, which sees 18 months in 30% new French oak, has a "considered" bouquet that politely unfolds with blackberry and briary scents. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, lovely red cherry and redcurrant scents with a hint of tomato vine on the suave and elegant finish. What a beautifully made Pinot Noir.

I encountered a couple of great Pinot Noirs from Hamacher during my London sessions. It was founded by Eric Hamacher in 1995. Eric studied at UC Davis and worked around the world before setting up Hamacher Wines, as well as establishing the Carlton Winemakers Studio (on a personal note, he is also married to Luisa Ponzi). What came across here was a considered approach to the Pinot Noirs and assiduous blending of multiple vineyard sites, allowing the subtleties to express themselves. In particular, I felt that the Pinot Noir 2011 really managed to express the qualities of this cooler growing season to create a wine that I would happily serve next to a Côte de Beaune premier cru. I look forward to tasting more in the future.
 



The Wine Advocate
2012 Hamacher Chardonnay Cuvee Forets Diverses - 92 Points!

The 2012 Chardonnay Cuvee Forets Diverses sees 18 months in 25% new French oak with weekly lees-stirring. It has a withdrawn nose at first and it takes a couple of minutes to eke out dried honey scents. The palate is clean and fresh with mango and Clementine notes, a fine line of acidity and a poised finish. Excellent.

I encountered a couple of great Pinot Noirs from Hamacher during my London sessions. It was founded by Eric Hamacher in 1995. Eric studied at UC Davis and worked around the world before setting up Hamacher Wines, as well as establishing the Carlton Winemakers Studio (on a personal note, he is also married to Luisa Ponzi). What came across here was a considered approach to the Pinot Noirs and assiduous blending of multiple vineyard sites, allowing the subtleties to express themselves. In particular, I felt that the Pinot Noir 2011 really managed to express the qualities of this cooler growing season to create a wine that I would happily serve next to a Côte de Beaune premier cru. I look forward to tasting more in the future.
 



Top 100 Wines SF Chronicle - 2014
2012 Hamacher Cuvee Forets Diverses Willamette Valley Chardonnay

"Eric Hamacher has long been one of Oregon’s talents with this grape, and a wine like this is precisely why. A bit of caramel and oak sweetness is matched by full-bore citrus intensity and an apple-skin texture. Lots of power, not a lick of fat."

 



Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2007 Hamacher Pinot Noir - 91 Points!

"...The 2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was sourced from relatively old vines (25+ years). It offers up a fragrant perfume of toast, spice box, earth notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it displays an elegant personality, medium body, savory flavors, a silky texture, and excellent depth. This impeccably balanced Pinot will provide pleasure through 2019."
 



Allen Meadows' Burghound
2005 Hamacher Pinot Noir - 90 Points!

"A relatively deeply pitched nose of dark berry fruit, briar, earth and underbrush hints leads to round, rich, fresh and vibrant flavors that are brighter than the nose and culminate in a dusty, focused and pure finish that exhibits moderate structure and fine length. This is a wine of restraint yet it's ripe and displays no vegetal hints. Good material here and on top of it, I like the style."

 

Wine Enthusiast
2004 Hamacher Cuvee Forets Diverses Chardonnay - 91 Points, "Editors' Choice"

“… this wine is a shining example of what heights Oregon Chardonnay can achieve. Smoky and nutty at first, it opens up to reveal white peaches, and melon flavors that gradually supplant the oak notes. Richly textured and full-bodied, it also boasts serious length on the finish.”
 

Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman
2004 Hamacher Cuvee Forets Diverses Chardonnay

"Soft and spicy, broad in texture but impressive for its delicate touch, delivering oak-tinged pear and wet earth flavors. Drink now through 2008. 390 cases made."
 


Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman
2002 Hamacher "Durant Vineyard" Pinot Noir - 91 Points!

"This wine is a first for Eric Hamacher. For over 10 years, he extolled the merits of blending wines from different vineyards, believing that no one vineyard could offer the complexity and depth he required for the Hamacher brand. Over time, one wine routinely stood out as a consistent favorite in the cellar. In the stunning 2002 vintage it excelled and Eric decided to honor the wine with a solo bottling from only two barrels. While it's a big wine for this Dundee Hills vineyard, the elegance is well supported. High tones of cherry blossom, earth and spice mingle in the nose but still do not prepare you for the explosive mouth to come! Like a great work of literature, this wine is an evolving, layered classic to be enjoyed over time. It's elusive, succulent and silky, fully justifying why we appreciate great wine. The 2002 Durant Pinot Noir is delicious now but still a baby. Cellar a bottle or two for a future occasion."
 



Wine Enthusiast
2002 Hamacher Pinot Noir - 92 Points, "Editors' Choice"

“… this is a big, round, supple wine loaded with black cherry and plum flavors accented by hints of mint and cola. Despite its size, it’s harmonious and balanced, featuring a long, richly textured finish.”
 

The Pinot Report
2002 Hamacher "Durant Vineyard" Pinot Noir - 94 Points!

 

 

Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman
2002 Hamacher Pinot Noir - 91 Points!

"...this has lovely red cherry, raspberry and white chocolate flavors on a bed of fine-grained, almost wispy, tannins. Has a tang on the finish as it sails on unimpeded..."

 

Every Year's A Good Year
Winecountry.com - October 2005
- Thom Elkjer
2001 Hamacher Cuvee Forets Diverses Chardonnay

“Minty oak still dominates this four-year-old Chard, suggesting it will be best with rich food or in a few years when the wood melds further into the baked apple flavors.”