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2018 Chardonnay Freedom Hill Vineyard
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Willamette Valley
Vineyard Designation
Freedom Hill Vineyard
Harvest Date
Sep-2018
Aging
Up to 8 years
Fermentation
Neutral French Oak
Bottling Date
Sep-2019
Alcohol %
13.5

2018 Chardonnay Freedom Hill Vineyard

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Complex, dense, yellow, floral and fruit aromas on the nose are accented by stony minerality across the mid-palate. Flavors of peach, dried apple, nutmeg flavors are rich and bright with a touch of orange marmalade. Texturally very broad across the palate, the viscosity lingers long into the finish.
Ratings
Food & Wine Magazine Apr 2022 - "Oregon winemaker Mark Vlossak is justifiably acclaimed for his impressive single-vineyard Pinot noirs, and his touch with Chardonnay is no less fine. This flinty-creamy white with its layered citrus flavors is proof."
Vineyard Notes
Freedom Hill is located in the foothills of the coast range 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. During the day, warm air rises from the valley floor ripening the skins. At night, cool ocen breezes act to retain acidity. The Chardonnay blocks have a southwest exposure at an elevation of 520’ to 580'. The vines were planted in 2006 and 2007 with Dijon clones 76 and 548 on well-drained, very old sedimentary clay loam.
Production Notes
The grapes were whole cluster pressed. After settling, the juice was barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine completed malolactic fermentation naturally and was aged sur lees for 11 months entirely in used French oak barrels.
Winemaker Notes
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.
Food Pairing Notes
White meat, vegetarian and pasta dishes with complex sauces and rich flavors. Brie.
Other Notes
Release Date: Mar 2021; Production 1102 cases