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.
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 two blocks, one planted in 2004 with Pommard and Wädenswil and one planted in 2008 with 777.
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.
Aged in French oak barrels, 28% new oak, for 16 months.