*95 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast *Editors' Choice
AVA: Willamette Valley
LOCATION: Burnell Rd.
SOIL TYPE: Bellpine
YEAR PLANTED: 2004
CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Dijon 115
VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 14-acre PGC blocks spread over many sections.
VINIFICATION: 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster.
PICKING DATE: 09/29/18
OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee
PRODUCTION: 234 cases bottled
Winemaking and Notes:This is simply perfect material from one single block of the vineyard the East Liberty Block, all Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir planted in 2004. This bottling has always emphasized the ability for whole cluster fermentation to shine with fruit from this vineyard. From 2012-2015 this bottling drew from fermenters that were generally 50-60% whole cluster fermentation. In 2016 a few barrels that were 100% whole cluster found there way into the mix. In 2017 we have committed this block of the vineyard and this particular bottling to 100% whole cluster fermentations.
In 2018 we have kept that going. They are simply the most provocative, distinct and thrilling barrels of all the scores of Dijon 115 barrels from which we have to choose. The relationship between this block’s fruit and the tightly wound, highly evocative aromatic quality of Pinot Noir that we know Oregon can produce under the best of circumstances is perfect. The Duchesse’s dedication to increasing the quality of their farming and moving from sustainable farming to organic farming is paying dividends in the health of all their plants and the quality of fruit those plants are producing. This particular block has adapted quickly and the fruit and wine show the results. While Freedom Hill is historically known for its power and structure, it is evolving as it matures as a site that layers beauty on top of that infrastructure. This wine has floral tones, graphite, herbs, red fruit and saline notes all intertwined even at this young age. There is still power, but the tannins are incredibly fine-grained making for a wine of precision, length and complexity.