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2017 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Vineyard Designation
Freedom Hill Vineyard
Harvest Date
Up to 12 years
French oak barrels, 28% new oak, for 16 months.
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %

2017 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2017 Freedom Hill Pinot noir is lovely and bright with ruby?red color. The nose has dark, concentrated cherry aromas with earth, peat, and white pepper notes. Big ripe tannins, dense, dark fruits, loads of earthy spices and the juicy acidity that is the hallmark of the 2017 vintage. The richness on the palate carries into a long finish full of fruit and sweet tannin. This has always been the wine for big flavored dishes. Enjoy with roast leg of lamb, New York steaks, and roasted vegetables.
94 pts - / 92 pts - International Wine Report / 93 pts - Vinous Feb 2022 - Josh Raynolds: Deep garnet. "Highly perfumed raspberry, cherry and candied rose scents are joined by slowly emerging nuances of baking spice and freshly turned earth. Juicy and sharply focused, offering energetic cherry cola, raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and turn spicier with air. Shows outstanding clarity and firm cut on the strikingly persistent, red-fruit-driven finish, which is given shape by fine-grained, even tannins."
Vineyard Notes
Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the foothills of the Coast Range, 10 miles SW of Salem, Oregon. During the day warm air rises from the valley floor ripening the skins. At night, cool ocean breezes act to retain acidity. Planted on old sedimentary soils, the vines have a SW exposure at an elevation of 520’ to 580’. Our Pinot noir comes from two blocks, one planted in 2004 with Pommard and Wädenswil and one planted in 2008 with 777.
Production Notes
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in 4-8 ton stainless steel fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 28% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity without fining
Winemaker Notes
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, full flavored entrees like New York steaks, leg of lamb and roasted vegetables.
Other Notes
Release Date: Dec 2021; Production 826 cases