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.
Vintage Notes: The 2010 vintage was Oregon's coldest growing season in 30 years. Bloom was later than normal and occurred in cloudy and cool weather. The flowers do not fertilize well in these conditions and this limited the crop and reduced the vineyard yields. The summer was sunny, but not hot and the temperatures rarely exceeded 95 degrees. By mid-September the summer heat disappeared and temperatures from that point on did not exceed 70 degrees. Most of October was sunny and quite cool. The sun allowed the skins and flavors to ripen while the cool temperatures kept the Brix (sugar) levels low and retained lovely acidity in the wines.
Release Date: Sep 2012; Production: cases