Our Wines

2014 Pinot blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard


Pinot blanc and Pinot gris are the result of natural mutations of Pinot noir and are thus closely related. The entire Pinot family ripens beautifully in Oregon because our climate is ideally suited to their growing needs. Mark began producing Pinot blanc in his tenth vintage because he believed it would be an exceptional match for shellfish. Its fruit highlights the natural "sweetness" of those foods. Mark decided to barrel ferment a small portion and age the wine on its lees to balance the full texture of many seafood dishes. Demand for our Pinot blanc has grown steadily.  Our Alsatian style Pinot blanc produces a wine with texture and ripe fruit flavors. It is fermented 21% in barrel and 79% in tank and aged for eight months on the lees.

  • Crop Level: 4.9 tons/acre
  • Harvest: 10/1/14 & 10/8/14
  • Bottled;  June 2015

Vineyard Details

Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the foothills of the coast range 10 miles southwest of Salem, Oregon. The vineyard was planted in 1993 on a well-drained silty clay loam. It has a southwest exposure at an elevation of 475' and benefits from heat rising off the valley floor.

Vintage Description

The 2014 season began with sunny and warm spring weather. Bloom occurred in the second week of June, about 10-14 days earlier than normal. Good weather during bloom set a normal to large crop requiring thinning at about half of our vineyard sites where we removed 20-50% of the clusters. The summer continued to be warm with more 90º+ days than normal. July was humid, increasing the mildew pressure requiring extra vigilance in the vineyard. We began the harvest for our Oeil de Perdrix on September 12th, Chardonnay on the 17th and the first Pinot noir on the 19th, picking 33 tons in just one day. The last Pinot noir from Temperance Hill Vineyard arrived on 10/8 and the final Pinot blanc from Freedom Hill Vineyard arrived on 10/10. This was our largest harvest ever: 240 tons of fruit making 13,200 cases of wine. The fruit was clean, ripe, and very flavorful creating bright and pleasurable wines.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Pinot blanc has lush aromas of fresh cut apples, pears, nutmeg, peach skin and melon. It is immediately bright on the palate with ripe peach, pear tart, allspice and hints of hazelnut. While filling your entire mouth with fruit and spice, it is especially rich over your tongue refreshing your palate. The pear and spice notes persist into a soft and elegant finish.


91 Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

About one-third was fermented in neutral oak, the rest in stainless steel, yielding a rich and smooth wine loaded with fresh flavors of pear and nectarine fruits. There’s a tasty pie crust toastiness also and the lingering finish has you reaching for the next sip.