Our Wines

2016 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: 6.1 tons/acre
Harvest: 9/19 & 9/23/2016
Bottled: June 2017

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 1994 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. Early morning sun rising over the Cascade mountains bathes the site in warmth throughout the day allowing this late-ripening varietal to acheive full maturity. The original 1.8 acres was expanded in 2008 by an additional 1.2 acres just south of the original vines.

Vintage Description

2016 was the third in a string of warm summers and early harvests. It produced the smallest crop of the three. The harvest began with a bit of heat and dehydration in the fruit. This immediately resolved with cooler temperatures and the rest of the harvest produced well balanced fruit with lovely flavors and ripe tannins. We finished picking at the end of September, producing a total of 10,200 cases. In general 2016 produced lush, early-drinking wines with lovely aromatics and accessible fruit, spice and floral notes. They can be aged and are quite accessible in their youth.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Pinot blanc has precise aromas of ripe pear, peach and Rome apple. Richly flavored with savory fruit compote, ginger tea and fusel oil reminiscent of Alsace Riesling. Its almost oily fruit textures and soft acidity create a density and width of flavor that is suprisingly long for an unoaked white wine. This is my favorite wine with steamed mussels or seared scallops.