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2008 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard
Wine Specs
Vintage
2008
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vineyard Designation
Freedom Hill Vineyard
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Advocate
91

2008 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard

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SKU: 08 PN F
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine has red and black cherry aromas with dark floral, ground spices, pepper and a strong undercurrent of minerality. Dark red fruits on the palate and its signature clay-like earthiness, it finishes with a backbone of ripe tannins and balanced acidity.
Ratings
91 pts - Burghound Allen Meadows - "An expressive nose combines both upper and medium register aromas of red and dark berry fruit scents that are liberally laced with spice and briar hints. There is good depth to the ripe and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess an abundance of mouth coating dry extract and excellent intensity on the balanced and vibrant finish..."
Vineyard Notes
Freedom Hill is located in the foothills of the coast range 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. The vineyard was planted in 1993 on a well-drained silty clay loam. It has a southwest exposure at an elevation of 475’ and benefits from heat rising off the valley floor. Since beginning production of Pinot blanc in 1997, demand has grown steadily. In 2008, we worked with Freedom Hill to expand the Pinot blanc block from 1.8 to 3.0 acres. The first grapes were harvested from the new vines in 2010 and reached full production capacity in 2013.
Winemaker Notes
Vintage Notes: 2008 was an exceptional vintage, made exceptional by being quietly ordinary. Bloom was very late in variable weather. The result was smaller clusters with fewer berries. The summer passed quickly with veraison occurring earlier than expected, leaving the false impression that there was more crop hanging in the vineyard than there really was. Final ripening took place in endless cool, sunny days in an atmosphere of calm that I have never experienced, but hope to again. The fruit was picked clean and perfectly ripe. The only downside was the very small crop, our smallest in ten years.
Food Pairing Notes
Especially good with richly flavored red meat entrees - porterhouse or T-bone, roasts, duck, leg of lamb.
Other Notes
Release Date: Sep 2010; Production 680 cases