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AVA: Willamette Valley                               LOCATION: Burnell Rd.  

ELEVATION: 500’                                        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                           TONS/ACRE: 3.23

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee         PRODUCTION: 3 Bottles

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.

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AVA: Willamette Valley       LOCATION: Burnell Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’                SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 2001        CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: Vineyard is 85 acres/PGC Blocks total 14 acres

TONS/ACRE: 2.65                 VINIFICATION: 2 x 1.75 ton fermenters with 100% destemmed fruote and 43% whole cluster fermentions.

PICKING DATE: 9/30/18

OWNERS: Dan & Helen Dusschee      

Winemaking and Notes: This is where our bread is buttered. There is no denying that we work with Pommard clone far more than any other clone and that 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 more often than any other clone we work with. Within the non-Freedom Hill Vineyard futures offerings all of them are either Pommard or contain Pommard with the exception of the two specifically chosen Wadensvil clone bottlings. Of the three clone-designated wines we bottle from the site this one seems capture what may be the historical view of Freedom Hill Vineyard. This section of the vineyard was re-planted in 2001. This is a dark, dark wine with a rich, plush mid-palate (even at this early stage) that is layered with muscle. Over the past couple of vintages we have experimented with whole cluster usage on this block and the results are extremely appealing. There is still an Old World nature at the heart of this wine even though it pulsates with its Oregon heritage and sensibilities. This shows savory tones mixed with wild, brambly fruits on the nose. Drinks at a high-pitched level with bright, crunchy red fruits, earth-born characteristics and a distinct spicy note on the finish.

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AVA: Willamette Valley                             LOCATION: Burnell Rd., Dallas, OR  

ELEVATION: 500’                                      SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 1998                             CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Wadensvil

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 1.1-acre PGC  block

VINIFICATION: 1.75-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole clusters

PICKING DATE: 10/01/18                        TONS/ACRE: 3.43

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee

PRODUCTION: 2 Bottles

Winemaking and Notes: The 2018 Wadensvil is both rich with bright fruit combined with structure and density, but also showing finesse. It is all from 100% whole cluster fermentations.  This wine has stood out as one of the top wines in the cellar since ferments really started taking shape this spring. A wine where the red-fruited nature of the clone gives it a different flavor profile than all the other wines, but the clone’s natural transparency allows for the inherent structure of the vineyard to be portrayed. This is a paradoxical wine in ways, but incredibly interesting. The 2018 vintage is much like the 2017 vintage, but with greater fruit concentration that balances the omnipresent tannins. While this is serious in structure and clearly a wine that will benefit from time there is such an appealing level of fruit and texture that drinking it in its relative youth is far from a bad idea. This is a showstopper in many ways and few domestic Pinot Noirs reach this level of overall intensity in all the relevant categories. Act according to your nature.

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AVA: McMinnville                                      LOCATION: Vineyard Ln.

ELEVATION: 650’                                      SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1989

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury          VINEYARD SIZE: 135-acre vineyard, 1.4-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: One 1.75-ton open-top fermenter done 100% destemmed and one 2.5 ton done 33% whole cluster.

PICKING DATE: 10/02/18                         TONS/ACRE: 2.95

OWNERS: Laurent Montalieu                  PRODUCTION: 1 Bottle

Winemaking and Notes:We received enough fruit in 2018 to do one regular 1.75ton fermenter and one 2.5 ton fermenter. The 2.5 ton included a third of its volume as whole clusters. As in 2017 we went to slightly greater lengths to coax out a level of extraction from this vineyard so these fermenters were regularly pigeaged 2x/day as opposed to 1x/day for nearly everything else. It seemed a good choice in 2017 and since this is just our second vintage with this site we chose to repeat the process. We feel that the older vines combined with the clonal material and vine age could accept a more rigorous extraction process. The wine spent about 12 months in barrel in 25% new oak.

This wine’s stature comes from the combination of site characteristics and clone that are extremely rare in Oregon. The way they present themselves set them apart from all of our other wines. We strive to find unique places so that we can craft a large number of wines that are all very distinct. In this case we have found a block within a large site that offers us the ability to have a wine that feints at both being lean, austere, demure and tightly wound as well as being rich, broad-shouldered, structured, dense and provocative. At least in its youth that is the vibe it is giving off and the type of elasticity that it has. Few wines bring such an ability to move from both sides of the spectrum effortlessly with intent.

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AVA: Chehalem Mountains                         LOCATION: Bell Rd. north of Newberg  

ELEVATION: 500-900’                                  SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 1976, 1980

CLONES: 50% Pommard, 50% Dijon 777           

VINEYARD SIZE: 25-acre vineyard, ~1-acre PGC Pinot Noir blocks

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top .75. ton fermenters done 100% de-stemmed and pressed together.

PICKING DATE: September 29th                TONS/ACRE: 2.76

OWNER: Hal Medici                                     PRODUCTION: 12 Bottles

Wine Making and Notes:This is one of the more historically revered and heralded vineyards in Oregon. Originally planted in 1976 on a steep hillside above Bell Rd. this vineyard was daring for its pitch, elevation and for the fact that it was well outside of the Dundee Hills where the vast majority of quality vineyards were being planted at the time. Even though this is in what is now known as the Chehalem Mountain AVA it is at an elevation that makes it comparable to the Dundee Hill sites by the way of being planted in volcanic (Jory) soil. It is still, by any measure, a steep and grand vineyard that absolutely looks the part of what one would imagine a great vineyard might look like. Fortunately, it is more than looks.

 

We get small portions of the two blocks from the oldest section of the vineyard: the 1976 planting of Pommard and a 1980 planting of Chardonnay that was grafted to Dijon 777 sometime in the 90s.  We received enough fruit in 2018 to ferment the two blocks separately for the first time since 2015 but we chose to press them together as we knew from four previous vintages of experience that we were going to blend them together in both their entireties regardless. The wine was aged in 25% new barrel for about 10 months. In our short history with this majestic vineyard we have reaped amazing fruit and made wines that received enormous critical acclaim 93, 95, 96 but this vintage may outdo those others. This vineyard was taken over by J. Christopher Winery in 2015 which is why we even get the fruit that we do. The quality of the farming took an immediate turn for the better as it has been biodynamically farmed since that time. Agriculture being what it is though it has taken years for the plants to completely respond to the massive upgrade in their life experience. We are really seeing it both in the vineyard where these old vines look refreshed and are producing normal sized crop loads of beautiful looking clusters and in the winery where this wine has an effortless stateliness to it that is singular in our cellar. This is a rare and special wine from one of the great vineyards in the state.

 

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AVA: Dundee Hills                                                LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 425’                                                   SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1990                                          CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: PGC block 3.5 acres, .8 acres and .5 acres spread across three sections of the vineyard.

TONS/ACRE: 3.25                                                   PICKING DATE: September 24

VINIFICATION: Multiple fermentation vessels and whole cluster inclusions ranging from 0 to 100%.

Winemaking and Notes: 8 of the 15 barrels come from 100% whole cluster fermentations and 7 come from completely destemmed fermenters. Most of the wine comes from the large block located in the ideal location on the bowl-shaped hillside, but 3 barrels came from the block above that seemed to add a dimension of elegance and texture without taking away from the lavishness, deep fruited and structured wine we all know. This combination allows the structure and earthen minerality to be infused with the incredibly lush and dense fruit this vineyard produces creating a wine of great depth, character, complexity and flavor. 15% new barrel was used with a combination of once to four times used barrels to round out the barrel program. This wine wants to be perfect. It is youthful and jumpy right now. As of writing this, there is so much material rolling around with fruit and tannin. Its characteristics are sort of all over the place. Not unusual for great wines to begin at stages like this. This has power, concentration, dry extract, subtle spice undertones and enormous length. This is not necessarily a powerhouse, but it has so much to it that it’s impossible to doubt that there is profundity in this wine’s future. Taste it now for all the incredible stuff going on, but get it because it will be great years down the road.

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This is what we consider on a year-in, year-out basis our most unique and exotic wine. This is, as always, our only wine that is made in 100% new Cadus barrels. This wine is a textural experience beyond any of our other wines. Rather than attempting to show, in pain-staking detail, the individual qualities of the vineyards we work with the Notorious bottling is about a particular style of wine that is richer, more intense, denser in texture and more lifted aromatically than our other bottlings. 

In 2018 the eight selected barrels come from Balcombe Vineyard (4 barrels of Pommard planted in 1990 and fermented with 0%, 33% and 60% whole cluster from Blocks 1A, 1B and 2B), Estate Vineyard (2 barrels, 1 each from a 1990 planting of Pommard done with 50% whole clusters and from a 2001 planting of Dijon 114 from the Etzel Block done with 50% whole cluster ) and the vineyard we moniker as Mysterious (2 barrels, 1 each from a 1990 planting of Pommard done with 0% whole clusters and 100% whole cluster). These are all incredibly well farmed vineyard with 3 organic sites representing totality of fruit.

2 Bottles Made

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AVA: Chehalem Mountains                          LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 325’                                          SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 2007

CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard        VINEYARD SIZE: 32-acre vineyard, ~1.0-acre PGC Anklebreaker (Pommard) block

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top fermenters, a 1.75 ton and a 2.5 ton, the former with 40% whole clusters the latter with 60% whole clusters.

PICKING DATE: September 22nd               TONS/ACRE: 3.33

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik                   PRODUCTION: 1 Bottle

Winemaking and Notes:This is a lower lying section in Olenik Vineyard planted to Pommard clone in 2007 and the name references the rock-strewn nature of this section of the vineyard. This is definitely the warmest spot of the site with the radiant heat from the rocks. This section was picked early on in the 2018 harvest at a moderate level of brix belying this wine’s deep, dark color and powerful overall nature. We are very pleased to be able to showcase the characteristics of this utterly unique piece of ground in Oregon. The Anklebreaker moniker is a visual description of the ground this part of the vineyard is planted in. The basalt boulders, rocks and stones in the section of the vineyard are part of a long ago land slide from further up the embankment and they give the block a visual similarity to vineyards in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Somehow, the name seems to also convey the style of wine to expect and it delivers. This is a broad-shouldered Pinot Noir with deep and very dark fruit flavors. It is years away from any sort of peak, but certainly provides satisfaction at the big-boy level in the short run. Of all the wines in this very diverse cellar this is the most about the place that fruit comes from style of Pinot Noir. It was born to plants in a difficult and hard environment and the wine is not easy and maybe not for everybody but it is distinct, interesting and a great connection to the soils.

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AVA: Chehalem Mountains                   LOCATION: Kings Grade Rd.

ELEVATION: 325’                                     SOIL TYPE: Willakenzie

YEAR PLANTED: 2007                            CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

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

VINIFICATION: 3 open-top 1.75 ton fermenters, one with 0%, one with 40% and one 50% whole clusters.

PICKING DATE: September 26th         TONS/ACRE: 3.25

OWNERS: John & Susan Olenik         PRODUCTION: 12 Bottles   

Winemaking and Notes: Olenik Vineyard sits nearly smack dab in the middle of this south facing hillside. The vineyard sits on the same type of thin marine soil as our Estate Vineyard. Wadensvil Clone is especially perfect for this type of soil. The natures of marine sedimentary soil and the Wadensvil clone are nearly a perfect intersection for Pinot Noir in Oregon. Wadensvil tends toward more elegant, high-toned and red-fruited wines while the sedimentary soil adds an element of structure and turns the wine distinctly toward a very mineral-driven mid-palate and finish. The barrels that make up this wine come equally from the fermentations that was done with 50% and no whole clusters with a couple of barrels of the 40% whole cluster fermenter rounding out the balance. Despite the differences in the make-up of the fermentations the bins were both pigeaged 1x/day and pressed separately on the same day. The fruit that was fermented with 50% whole clusters emphasizes minerals, spices and back-palate structure all of which provide tension in the herb-laced red fruit. The de-stemmed barrels are a rush of sweet, feminine red fruit and a texture like velvet. The 40% seemed to have a little of both. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to this wine that lends an austerity to this wine that benefits it not only down the road but in the here and now, allowing it to be the wine from the Chehalem Mountains that is the most elegant, graceful and refined of the bottlings. The wine is incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force in this wine. This wine is soulful and richer than it at first seems however it is graceful, subtle and sublime and easily one of the most popular wines that we make.

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AVA: Dundee Hills                                         LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 450’                                           SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1983                                  CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 31-acre vineyard, ~3-acre PGC block

VINIFICATION: 4 open-top 1.75 ton fermenters done with 50% whole clusters and 1 2.5 ton fermenter done with 100% whole clusters. 1 open-top 1.75 ton fermenter completely destemmed.

PICKING DATE: 10/05/2018                          TONS/ACRE: 2.92

OWNER: Vivian Weber                                 PRODUCTION:  2 Bottles

Winemaking and Notes: On top of that there simply aren’t many 35+ year old vineyards in Oregon. Weber Vineyard is perhaps the purest Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that we have. In our dozen years working with this vineyard it has routinely produced one of our top wines of the vintage (certainly in 2012 and 2016 one could make a strong argument for that being the case). In 2018 this wine definitely shows that potential. If you are a fan of what the Dundee Hills can do at exceptionally high levels with old vines this bottling is going to be in your wheelhouse. Since 2015 we have been including larger quantities of whole cluster fermentation into the bottling. Of the 18 barrels selected 13 come from stem inclusion fermentations with 5 being from 100% and 8 from 50%.  This is a quintessential old vine, Worden Hill Rd. Pinot Noir that reaches back into the history of Oregon for its place in our line-up of Pinot Noirs from the vintage. This wine has a deep red color and a great concentration of sweet fruit that is balanced and buffeted by crisp acidity and firm, but ripe tannins. The wine was in 22% new barrel (and 33% once used barrels) for just under a year. The depth of the wine both from a concentration standpoint and an “old vines can handle barrels” standpoint this seems far less influenced by barrel than once would expect.  This is complete, age-worthy, unique all while still being a distinctly Worden Hill Rd. Pinot Noir. Beautiful wine for old vine Dundee Hills vineyard fans.

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