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Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: 212 cases produced. One of Oregon's "Grand Cru" vineyards, Freedom Hill is planted in the foothills of Oregon's Coast Range on sedimentary soils that warm up early in the spring and dry out early in the fall. Freedom Hill yields robust, well-structured wines that age extremely well. "This is a muscular, masculine, concentrated wine. Big, intensely-flavored, and deep, it coats the taster's palate with black cherries and dark berries. This terroir generally fashions wines with firm tannic backbones yet Terry Casteel, much to his credit, was able to craft a Freedom Hill with tamed tannin while displaying its typically powerful fruit." (92) The Wine Advocate.

Varietal Definition
Pinot Noir:
The name is derived from the French words for ‘pine’ and ‘black’ alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. By volume most Pinot Noir in America is grown in California with Oregon coming in second. Other regions are Washington State and New York.During 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Pinot Noir became considerably more popular amongst consumers in the United States, possibly because of the movie Sideways. Being lighter in style, it has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. It is the delicate, subtle, complex and elegant nature of this wine that encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. Robert Parker has described Pinot Noir: "When it's great, Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world."


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