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| ||Tasted by smphelps on 2/21/2015 & rated 89 points: Dark strawberry color. Strawberry, cranberry, red cherry and cedar nose. Firm with nice acidity. From the list, Blue, Charlotte NC. (570 views)|
| ||Tasted by MemorialWineFan on 12/14/2014 & rated 90 points: I have to disagree with some of the other tasting notes. The bottle had great acidity and some complexity to the palate. It was light in color making us fear that it was very thin. On the contrary it had good body and weight. The structure was nice and firm with a solid background of tannins. If someone is looking for a fruit bomb than this is not the bottle for you. It was shared among three serious wine drinkers and we all enjoyed it. (743 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tequilahal on 10/6/2014 & rated 86 points: Disappointing. Flat flavor. Not up to the usual standards of this vinter (809 views)|
| ||Tasted by hdchappy on 8/17/2014 & rated 88 points: A little disappointed in this wine. Light fruit and a bit astringent with big tannins for a Pinot. Not sure if more time will help. Finished last in a 9 person 4 Pinot blind tasting. 1st 2011 Hirsch Sonoma Coast Reserve, 2nd 2011 Atticus WV, 3rd 2011 Martinelli Moonshine Ranch. (911 views)|
| ||Tasted by bin905 on 7/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Well made with plenty of fruit flavor. (975 views)|
| ||Tasted by Weston3220 on 7/17/2013: 4th Annual Pinot Extravaganza with Salmon Dinner (Eugene, Oregon): Did Not Enjoy this wine at all, Powdery Candy Fruit like a fun dip package, neeeded something, maybe time will turn this around I came back to this 3 times during the tasting to see if it would open up with air over the hours, nope (1670 views)|
| ||Tasted by Franklin 10 on 6/16/2013: 2 hour decant. Simple flowery, sour cherry cola. We did not have a second glass with a nice, NW native traditionally herbed grilled salmon.|
Day 2 unimproved. May be young to judge, but for this price I will not likely find out. If scoring: 84-86. (1237 views)
| ||Tasted by Tandem_Couple on 12/1/2012 & rated 93 points: Wonderful smooth texture with a very nice finish. (1549 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dannyfu on 8/30/2012 & rated 88 points: this wine is medium-bodied and dominated by Raspberry with a little black cherry. (1673 views)|
| ||Tasted by gregwood on 8/25/2012 & rated 89 points: Huge floral/perfume nose, reminded me of a potpourri infused soap. Decent finish, medium+ acidity. Came across as manipulated to me. Got better after being open a while. (1596 views)|
| ||Tasted by shaftlet on 2/14/2012 & rated 88 points: this smells like Dr. Pepper. That sounds pejorative though. I should say Cola, cherries, rose water with an interesting pine resin note. Medium body and has some structure. Just goes to show how unique each KW single vineyard selection is. Needs some time to come together. 88-92? I'm not a huge fan right now, but I could see some people loving this. (1654 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dan 0 on 2/1/2012 & rated 90 points: Very good, I would recommend this wine. (1498 views)|
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Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
Freedom Hill Vineyard//Freedom Hill Vineyard// is located in the Coast Range just south of Dallas, OR. The soil type is known as Bellpine, which is sedimentary in origin. The fruit from our 2.85 acre block is wholly Pommard clone. The vineyard was planted in 1980. Wines from this site are the firmest and most structured. They have great longevity. Approximately 340 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned and managed by Dan & Helen Dusschee.
//Vineyards of the Coastal Range://
The fruit is sourced from two vineyards located in the foothills of the coastal range. Both tend to be late to ripen due to the cooling influence of maritime air flowing into the valley from the Van Duzer Corridor. These sites also tend to have higher levels of tannin which make them great candidates for extending cellaring but they are unlikely to be as immediately pleasurable as many of our other sites.
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