2018 Blanc de Blancs
Willamette Valley Sparkling Wine
Freedom Hill 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 Chardonnay vines have a SE exposure at an elevation of 520’to 580’. The vines were planted in 2006 and 2007 with Dijon clones 76 and 548 in well drained, sedimentary clay loam.
Release Date: Sept 2023; Production 121 cases
Vintage Notes: In 2018 the weather was unusually dry, with the spring rains ending almost two months early. Bloom was mid-June in warm, dry conditions giving excellent fruit set. Lots of clusters meant lots of thinning. After almost 5 months of dry, warm weather, we began picking Chardonnay on September 19th. Pinot noir from Shea came on 9/24 and we finished picking on 10/5 with the Postes Verde field at Temperance Hill. The fruit was clean, with ripe tannins and lovely flavors.