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2018 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vnyd 777
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
Vineyard Designation
Freedom Hill Vineyard
Harvest Date
Up to 12 Years
Small Stainless Steel fermenters
Bottling Date
Alcohol %

2018 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vnyd 777

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Wine Profile
93 pts - Vinous Feb 2022, Josh Raynolds
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’. This Pinot noir comes from the West Liberty block planted in 2008 with the 777 clone.
Production Notes
The de-stemmed grapes were fermented insmall stainless steel fermenters with no SO2, allowing the fermentations to proceed naturally. After gentle pressing and settling, the wine aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity without fining. This Pinot Noir 777 clone is a blend of the five best 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
Rich, full flavored entrees like New York steaks, leg of lamb and roasted vegetables.
Other Notes
Release Date: Sep 2022; Production 122 cases