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2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir Magnum

2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir Magnum
2016 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir Magnum

Appellation:Willamette Valley  Location: Burnell Rd.

Elevation:500’                            Soil Type: Bellpine

Year Planted:2001                    Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Size:Vineyard 85 acres/PGC Blocks total 11 acres

Vinification:One 2.5 ton open-top fermenter with 100% de-stemmed fruit.

Picking Date:September 19    Tons/Acre: 2.65

This is where our bread is buttered. We work with Pommard clone more than any other clone. There is something to Pommard that makes it not only stand out, but has the capacity to stand on its own as a complete wine. Of the three clonal designated wines we bottle from the site, this one seems to capture what may be the historical view of Freedom Hill Vineyard. This section of the vineyard was re-planted in 2001 and this is the only block of Freedom Hill Vineyard where we do not use any whole clusters in the fermentation. This wine shows savory tones mixed with wild, brambly fruits on the nose and drinks at a high-pitched level with bright, crunchy red fruits, earth-born characteristics and a distinct spicy note on the finish.

Wine history: The agricultural history of this area near Salem dates back to the mid-1850s, though it wasn't until the 1970s that winemakers started to discover the area as having ideal growing conditions for high-quality wine grapes. It was around this time that a few modern pioneers, including Don Byard of Hidden Springs, planted a patchwork of vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills. Soon after, other pioneers followed suite and today this area produces world-class, handcrafted cool-climate varietals. The appellation became official in 2006.

Climate: The Eola-Amity Hills region enjoys a temperate climate of warm summers and mild winters, and 40 inches of annual rain, most of which falls outside of the growing season. Average maximum temperatures are 62 degrees Fahrenheit in April and 83 degrees Fahrenheit in July, which contributes to the ideal conditions for the cool-climate grape varieties that dominate the Eola-Amity Hills. The climate in this region is greatly influenced by its position due east of the Van Duzer Corridor, which provides a break in the coast range that allows cool Pacific Ocean air to flow through. This drops temperatures in the region dramatically, especially during late summer afternoons, helping to keep grape acids firm.

Soil: The soils in the Eola-Amity Hills predominantly contain volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows as well as marine sedimentary rocks and alluvial deposits at the lower elevations of the ridge. This combination results in a relatively shallow, rocky set of well-drained soils, which typically produce small grapes with great concentration.

Topography: The Eola Hills, and its northern extension, the Amity Hills, are part of a North Willamette Valley hill chain that developed out of intense volcanic activity and the collision of the Pacific and North American plates. The main ridge of the Eola Hills runs north-south and has numerous lateral ridges on both sides that run east-west. The majority of the region's vineyard sites exist at elevations between 250 to 700 feet.

Site Characteristics:Freedom Hill Vineyard lies toward the eastern edge of the Coast Range Foothills. While associated geographically with the Eola Hills the site lies south and west of the border of the Eola-Amity Hill Appellation outside the town of Monmouth. The vineyard is planted on a marine sedimentary type of soil known as Bellpine. The vineyard is also located just south of the Van Duzer wind corridor which allows for more consistent average temperatures due to a lack of afternoon and evening offshore breezes rolling through. The vineyard was established in 1982 by the people who still own and manage it to this day, Dan and Helen Dusschee. While they may not have realized it at the time they were ultimately settling onto a site destined to be seen as one of the top Pinot Noir vineyards in the state of Oregon. Their rigorous and professional approach to the management of the vineyard has brought about that greatness and even though the vineyard suffered through a scourge of phyloxera replantings and expansion of the site have shown that there is a clear and indomitable of terroir here. We had the great fortune of being in the right place at the right time with the right need for fruit in 2012 and we have had the great fortune to produce what we consider to be some of the greatest and most focused Pinot Noirs we have ever made.

AVA: Willamette Valley       LOCATION: Burnell Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’                SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2001        CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 11-acre PGC block        VINIFICATION: One open-top 2.5-ton fermenter with 100% destemmed fruit.

PICKING DATE: 9/19/16      TONS/ACRE: 2.65

OWNERS: Dan & Hellen Dusschee       PRODUCTION: 140 cases bottled

Of the three block-designated wines we have here this one may best capture what may be the historical view of Freedom Hill Vineyard. This section of the vineyard was re-planted in 2001. This wine was in barrel for a little less than a year in 17% new barrel and a combination of once-four times used barrels. Pommard Clone has such as broad range to it and in Freedom Hill Vineyard it can really stretch out its legs as it were. The 2012-2015 bottlings of the Freedom Hill Pommard Clone bottling have ranged from very dark to really, very dark. Freedom Hill runs that way, the Pommard Clone especially so and that those vintages in general have produced a bevy of darker toned wines. This vintage this is a bit different. The intense red tones are what dominate this wine in 2016. Still concentrated and lacking for nothing this version of the Pommard has run towards raspberries, rose petals, spicy sorts of spices and a little easier tannin structure than the past couple of vintages. It is nice to see how the vintage impacts sources you are very familiar with. This is a little less sauvage than in the past, a little more elegant, still very wild, very becoming and will last for a long, long time.

Vintage2016
VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationWillamette Valley
VineyardFreedom Hill
Alcohol14.20%
Volume1.5 liter
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