The 2017 Pinot blanc has lush aromas of fresh cut apples, pears, nutmeg, peach skin and melon. It is immediately bright on the palate with ripe peach, pear tart, allspice and hints of hazelnut. While filling your entire mouth with fruit and spice, it is especially rich over your tongue refreshing your palate. The pear and spice notes persist into a soft and elegant finish.
Freedom Hill is located in the foothills of the coast range 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. It has a southeast exposure at an elevation of 425’ and benefits from heat rising off the valley floor. Hills to the east protect the vines from strong coastal winds. The vines were planted in 1999 and 2008 on well-drained silty clay loam.
This Pinot blanc is produced in a style to accentuate texture and ripe fruit flavors. The must was fermented 21% in barrel and 79% in tank and aged for 8 months on the lees.
Vintage Notes: 2017, after three very warm and early harvests, brought a welcome change with cooler temperatures during the summer and a normal harvest window. We began picking on September 15th for sparkling wine. After a week with temperatures in the 70’s, we harvested Chardonnay between 9/22 and 9/29. All of the Pinot noir was picked in a two-week window beginning on 9/26 with continued pleasant temperatures and no rain. The wines have more aromatic and flavor nuances with balanced acidity and moderate alcohols.
Food Pairing Notes
Rich fish and shellfish dishes and is especially good with mussels