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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: Four 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done 100% destemmed.

PICKING DATE: 10/07/17       TONS/ACRE: 3.36

OWNERS: Laurent Monthelieu     PRODUCTION: 216 cases bottled


Winemaking and Notes: This is an amazing old vineyard. How, back in 1972, someone decided to plant this insanely remote vineyard well southwest of McMinnville is sort of beyond me. Nonetheless, this nearly 50 year-old vineyard is the defining site in the McMinnville AVAs and is one of the renowned vineyards in the state of Oregon. The site is farmed biodynamically and the attention to detail there is amazing, especially when one takes into account the size (around 135 acres). We were offered a small section of the site planted to Coury Clone in 1989. Given our predilection for collecting the great sites of Oregon in our cellar, our desire to work with beautifully farmed old vine fruit and our obsession with Coury Clone this was a no-brainer.

Our instincts proved correct. This is easily one of the top wines in the cellar from 2017 and given that we bottled 26 other Pinot Noirs that is saying a lot. Having the experience with the Freedom Hill Coury Clone definitely gave us insight into what the potential was and what the experience of the clone’s impact within the context of the site’s terroir was going to be but, holy cow, we did not know we were getting something like this. Hyland is higher elevation and thus in volcanic (Jory) soil while Freedom Hill is lower and in marine (Bellpine) soil. The difference the soil has here across the clone is striking. While still possessing the interesting aromatics and tea-like characteristics the fruit is strikingly red-dominated and the texture is a magical, ethereal veil that allows the flavors to deftly cruise over it making for a discreet, sublime and incredibly complex wine. This is an exciting wine from a brilliant, esoteric site and

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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 Wadensvil block

VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.75 ton fermenters, each done with 35% whole cluster fermentation

PICKING DATE: September 26th      TONS/ACRE: 3.25

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik         PRODUCTION: 197 cases bottled

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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   VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters. One fermenter containing 100% de-stemmed fruit, the other containing 60% whole cluster fruit.

PICKING DATE: October 5th     TONS/ACRE: 2.0

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik      PRODUCTION: 288 cases bottled              

Winemaking and Notes:  The combination of marine sedimentary soil and Wadensvil creates a nearly 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 ten barrels that make up this wine come equally from a fermentation that was done with 60% whole clusters and from a fermenter that was 100% de-stemmed. 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 60% 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 with a velvet-like texture. We’ve been using this combination for this particular bottling for the past couple of vintages in some form or another. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to the wine that lends an austerity 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. This wine is incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force. This is a sneaky, subtle wine that will playfully hint at grandiosity.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

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AVA: Dundee Hills      LOCATION: Worden Hill Rd.

ELEVATION: 450’      SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1978     CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 31-acre vineyard, ~3-acre PGC block    VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters done with 100% whole clusters and 3 fermenters done with 20% whole clusters

PICKING DATE: 9/20/16    TONS/ACRE: 3.25

OWNER: Vivian Weber    PRODUCTION: 288 cases bottled

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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. Aromatically intense and very complex for such a young wine, focused and concentrated on the palate with great acidity and nervy tannins to draw everything together with great length and delicate force. 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.  *WINE CLUB ONLY
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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   

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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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AVA: Dundee Hills     LOCATION: Breyman Orchards Rd.

ELEVATION: 500’       SOIL TYPE: Jory

YEAR PLANTED: 1973      CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Pommard

VINEYARD SIZE: 60-acre vineyard, 4-acre PGC block     VINIFICATION: Two 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and three fermenters done with 20% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: September 13th      TONS/ACRE: 2.95

OWNERS: The Durant Family     PRODUCTION: 350 cases bottled

Two fermenters of fruit were 100% de-stemmed and went through a normal cold soak of 4 to 5 days and then was fermented in 1.75-ton open-top fermenters and was punched down 1x/day before being pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. Two other fermenters were done with 20% whole clusters, went through a standard cold soak of about 5-6 days, pumped over 1x/day until fermentation began and then was pigeaged 1x/day until dry and then was pressed and allowed to settle for 3 days. The wine spent about 10 months in barrel in 33% new oak. 5 and ½ barrels of the 20% whole cluster fermentation barrels were selected and 3 ½ from the 100% whole cluster fermentations. This combination allows for the forward, supple nature of Dundee Hills fruit to be showcased while in check by the old vine, mineral-driven elements of the 100% whole cluster barrels. This is a wine that has old bones and sensibilities to it while still having the stuffing that Dundee Hill wines are known for.

These now monster vines were planted back in 1973 making them some of the oldest vines in Oregon and thus giving this bottling an historical aspect to it. 44 year-old vines in Oregon are exceptionally rare both because there was so little planted acreage back then and because some of that acreage has been re-planted due to phylloxera That this site and wine exist at all is somewhat of a minor miracle. In part due to this, this wine knows exactly what it wants to be. This is finesse, subtleness, elegance and discreet balance all backed up by a sneaky and looming firmness that comes on in the back of the wine. Only older vines make wines like this. This is not a wine that needs to make a dramatic entrance because al

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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   VINIFICATION: 2 open-top 1.5 ton fermenters. One fermenter containing 100% de-stemmed fruit, the other containing 60% whole cluster fruit.

PICKING DATE: October 5th     TONS/ACRE: 2.0

OWNER: John & Susan Olenik      PRODUCTION: 288 cases bottled              

Winemaking and Notes:  The combination of marine sedimentary soil and Wadensvil creates a nearly 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 ten barrels that make up this wine come equally from a fermentation that was done with 60% whole clusters and from a fermenter that was 100% de-stemmed. 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 60% 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 with a velvet-like texture. We’ve been using this combination for this particular bottling for the past couple of vintages in some form or another. The whole clusters give an incredible backbone to the wine that lends an austerity 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. This wine is incredibly aromatic and floral but still allows for the back palate to be the guiding force. This is a sneaky, subtle wine that will playfully hint at grandiosity.  *WINE CLUB ONLY

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

ELEVATION: 500’    SOIL TYPE: Bellpine

YEAR PLANTED: 1998    CLONAL MATERIAL: 100% Coury

VINEYARD SIZE: 85-acre vineyard, 1.1-acre PGC block  VINIFICATION: 2.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and 35% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 09/27/17     TONS/ACRE: 3.23

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee      PRODUCTION: 216 cases bottled

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.

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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, 11-acre PGC block  

VINIFICATION: 1.5-ton open-top fermenters done with 100% whole cluster and 50% whole cluster fermentations.

PICKING DATE: 9/19/16             TONS/ACRE: 2.9

OWNERS: Dan and Helen Dusschee      

Wine Making and Notes: As always this is simply perfect material from one single block of Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir (East Liberty Block) of the vineyard planted in 2004. This bottling has always emphasized the ability of whole cluster fementation to shine with fruit from this vineyard. Nine barrels came from 50% whole cluster ferments, 5 from 100% and 4 from 20% whole cluster ferments. This mix deftly mixes the more fruit forward aspects of lower whole cluster usage with the aromatic and complexity inherent to higher whole cluster ferments.  There are no new barrels on this wine and, in fact, there is only one barrel that was used just once previously. The bulk of the barrels used for this wine were completely neutral so to further enhance the incredible nature of this vineyard driven bottling. This has a strong, black-fruited tone to it with a range of flavors and spices mingling in for complexity. The tannins are sticky and firm and born entirely of the fruit. This wine will reward with a long life of aging, but will also be appreciated by fans of intense and sinewy Pinots in its youth.

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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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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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