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2017 Balcombe Block 1B Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 600’-650’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990       CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard    

VINEYARD SIZE: 7.25-acre vineyard, 1.7-acre block    

OWNERS: Joyce Cooke   

*WINE CLUB ONLY

Wine Making and Notes: What is there to say that has not been said over the previous 17 vintages of this wine? It is amazingly consistent. It has powerful and darker-than-normal Dundee Hills fruit with a brooding tannin structure that we have worked at accentuating by using a greater degree of whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 is about the same level as the wonderful and rich 2016 bottling. If this wine has been your go to over the years, it will be again this year. This is a wine club only offering.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

 

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2017 Durant Vineyard, Madrone Blk, Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Dundee Hills      LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’        SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 2000      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre PGC block    

OWNERS: The Durant Family

Wine Making and Notes: Everyone needs a fun wine. Our Dundee Hills wines, largely due to the vine age, generally range from incredibly high-toned to deep and powerful to surprisingly mineral-laden. This bottling is perhaps a bit more “classic” Dundee. There is always a wealth of exuberant red fruit and spices here. Delicious in every facet and silky smooth on the palate. This is all Dijon 115 Clone and it may not have the super-pedigree of the stately Bishop Block, but it knows how to party. You can’t always put on the tailored tux, some days you have to go comfortable. Done.

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2017 Estate Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Ribbon Ridge        LOCATION: North Valley Rd.  

ELEVATION: 450’            SOIL TYPE: Wellsdale

YEAR PLANTED: 1997   CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 30-acre vineyard, 3.1-acre Wadensvil block

Wine Making and Notes:This 3.1 acre block in the very back of the vineyard was planted in 1997. When we bought the property in 2000 this section was had nearly quite had it. In July of 2000 this section was already entirely rife with yellow leaves. The plants were simply over-taxed from a large crop load in their first year of production followed by a dry summer and there was no hope that the fruit was going to ripen so it was all dropped off in hopes of rescuing the plants. Over the next several years this block was attended to with a special fury and the wine got incrementally better. By 2014 the block had made a complete transformations and was serving as one of the major components of the Estate Vineyard bottling.

In 2015, when this block entered the “Oh yeah, this is a stand-alone wine now” zone we were extremely excited. Wadensvil Clone planted in marine soils make really spectacular wines once the vines get to the point of maturity. The 2017 is an excellent follow from the first two vintages that proceeded it. Simply gorgeous aromatically and on the palate, but underpinned by the darker notes our site provides. It is laced with minerality and super-fine tannin structure - this is a classic Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir!

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Coury Clone Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Willamette Valley      LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’               SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2000      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury     VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 1.1-acre PGC block

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee      

Wine Making and Notes: Coury Clone Pinot Noir has a fascinating background tale that is literally rooted in the earliest history of the Oregon wine industry. The short version is that Charles Coury submitted his master’s thesis for cool climate winegrowing to the University of California at Davis while studying in Alsace, France in 1964. He brought cuttings back to the U.S. when he returned that summer. From these small and straight forward beginnings the plantings and legend of the Coury Clone begins. For a full and detailed account of this very, very interesting agricultural story that was lost to history for some time please go to The Price of Pinot’s website (http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1214/) and read for yourself.

This trio of wines, where we attempt to show you the nature of Freedom Hill Vineyard through the lens of a single clone, have been exceptionally popular and very well received. The 2015 Dijon 115 was referred to as “sharing the traits of Romanee St. Vivant” while the Pommard “could pass for a New World Richebourg” by Josh Reynolds of Vinous.com. Despite that high praise it was the 2015 Coury Clone that netted the highest score of the three wines with 95 points.

The 2016s are largely by the boards already at this juncture, but the 2017s operate in the same sort of stratosphere as previous vintages. The Dijon 115 will be selected from a wider variety of barrels than ever before and its depth, character and complexity will reflect its larger pool of possible components. The Pommard may well turn out to be the most fascinating of the six bottlings we have made previously of this intense version of Freedom Hill. The Coury Clone will be, as always, the crown jewel of the cellar, combining amazing aromatics, fantastic texture and unique flavors.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Dijon 115 Clone 50% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir Magnum

 

AVA: Willamette Valley       LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2004       CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 11-acre PGC block  

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee      

Wine Making and Notes: This trio of wines, where we attempt to show you the nature of Freedom Hill Vineyard through the lens of a single clone, have been exceptionally popular and very well received. The 2015 Dijon 115 was referred to as “sharing the traits of Romanee St. Vivant” while the Pommard “could pass for a New World Richebourg” by Josh Reynolds of Vinous.com. Despite that high praise it was the 2015 Coury Clone that netted the highest score of the three wines with 95 points.

The 2016s are largely by the boards already at this juncture, but the 2017s operate in the same sort of stratosphere as previous vintages. The Dijon 115 will be selected from a wider variety of barrels than ever before and its depth, character and complexity will reflect its larger pool of possible components. The Pommard may well turn out to be the most fascinating of the six bottlings we have made previously of this intense version of Freedom Hill. The Coury Clone will be, as always, the crown jewel of the cellar, combining amazing aromatics, fantastic texture and unique flavors.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir Magnum

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       

OWNERS: Dan & Helen Dusschee      

This trio of wines, where we attempt to show you the nature of Freedom Hill Vineyard through the lens of a single clone, have been exceptionally popular and very well received. The 2015 Dijon 115 was referred to as “sharing the traits of Romanee St. Vivant” while the Pommard “could pass for a New World Richebourg” by Josh Reynolds of Vinous.com. Despite that high praise it was the 2015 Coury Clone that netted the highest score of the three wines with 95 points.

The 2016s are largely by the boards already at this juncture, but the 2017s operate in the same sort of stratosphere as previous vintages. The Dijon 115 will be selected from a wider variety of barrels than ever before and its depth, character and complexity will reflect its larger pool of possible components. The Pommard may well turn out to be the most fascinating of the six bottlings we have made previously of this intense version of Freedom Hill. The Coury Clone will be, as always, the crown jewel of the cellar, combining amazing aromatics, fantastic texture and unique flavors.

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2017 Freedom Hill Vineyard, Wadensvil Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Willamette Valley           LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                    SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 1998           CLONAL MATERIAL: Dijon Clone 115, Pommard, Coury Clone & Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, ~11-acre PGC block

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee     

You’re never safe! We will always ferret out some more great fruit from somewhere and make a new bottling out of it. Freedom Hill Vineyard. Check. 20 year old vines. Check. Wadensvil Clone. Check. While our other Freedom Hill bottlings live on the darker side of the fruit spectrum, this one shows how a distinctly red fruit profile fits into the natural structure and power that this site displays. In our now mini-horizontal bottling of Wadensvil Clone Pinots, this one stands out for its tension and structure. In the Freedom Hill Clonal bottlings, it stands out for its elegance and purity. Yes, another bottling of utterly unique and terrific wine. Sorry!

 

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2017 Medici Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Chehalem Mountains      LOCATION: Bell Rd.

SOIL TYPE: Jory                        YEAR PLANTED:1976, 1980

CLONAL MATERIAL: Pommard, Dijon 777             VINEYARD SIZE: 25+ acres

OWNERS: Hal Medici  

Our first two vintages with this old, heritage Chehalem Mountains site yielded gorgeous, complex and utterly unique wines. The Jory soil in a non-Dundee Hills location combined with the 36-40 year old vines and the distinct Pommard and Dijon 777 Clone combination made for amazing wines that will take years to reach their apex. The 2017 might be the best of the trio. Soaring aromatics and depth like a spring fed well make this wine an absolute must have from our cellar. Only 6 barrels total produced.

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2017 Mysterious Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Dundee Hills       Location: Worden Hill Rd.

Elevation:425’                         Soil Type: Jory

Year Planted:1990                 Clonal Material: 100% Pommard

Winemaking and Notes: To our delight this has become a regular feature in the cellar. After going from 2010-2013 without access to this incredible and deservedly famous Dundee Hills site, we have had it 3 of the past 4 vintages. This is consistently the deepest and most “WOW” inducing Pinot we produce. It should be. The vineyard is simply one of the great vineyards in North America regardless of variety. (Still cannot use the vineyard designate on the label or tell you what it is here in the newsletter though).

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2017 Olenik Vineyard, Wadensvil Block Pinot Noir Magnum

AVA: Chehalem Mountains      LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 375’                       SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 1991              CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~2.7-acre PGC Wadensvil block

OWNER: John Olenik                         

Wine Making and Notes: Olenik Vineyard sits on the same type of thin marine soil as our Estate Vineyard. Wadensvil Clone is especially perfect for this type of soil. Wadensvil Pinot Noir tends to be more elegant, high-toned and red-fruited while the marine sedimentary soil adds an element of structure and turns the wine distinctly toward a very mineral-driven, mid-palate and finish. We will, as we have over the past several vintages, choose from completely de-stemmed fermentations and 60% whole cluster ferments. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to this wine, while the de-stemmed fruit shows the vibrant, fruit-borne characteristics. This combination makes for a wonderfully complex wine: aromatic and floral while still allowing the back palate to be the guiding force.

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