Hello friends. One of our most popular Oregon Pinot Noir offers from 2016 is back with a new vintage. We secured the entire remaining stash in Seattle, so this is a first-call/last-call offer:
2014 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Freedom Hill
This was released at $37, and I believe we’re a bit below the lowest published price nationally. The only review so far is by Josh Raynolds, who comes from the Tanzer school of exquisite tasting notes and tough scoring: Vinous (Josh Raynolds): [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 92pts.”
You may recall that Patty Green began working with Freedom Hill fruit in the 2012 vintage. With that vintage, they inaugurated a program where they bottle three separate single-clone wines (Pommard, Dijon, and Coury), which range in price from $44 to $72, and then the more generalized Freedom Hill bottling that combines all three clones. Here’s the always-insightful Jim Anderson from the winery, introducing the 2014 vintage of Freedom Hill: Freedom Hill Vineyard lies toward the eastern edge of the Coast Range Foothills. While associated geographically with the Eola Hills the site lies south and west of the border of the Eola-Amity Hill Appellation outside the town of Monmouth. The vineyard is planted on a marine sedimentary type of soil known as Bellpine. The vineyard is also located just south of the Van Duzer wind corridor which allows for more consistent average temperatures due to a lack of afternoon and evening offshore breezes rolling through. The vineyard was established in 1982 by the people who still own and manage it to this day, Dan and Helen Dusschee. While they may not have realized it at the time they were ultimately settling onto a site destined to be seen as one of the top Pinot Noir vineyards in the state of Oregon. Their rigorous and professional approach to the management of the vineyard has brought about that greatness and even though the vineyard suffered through a scourge of phyloxera replantings and expansion of the sit, they have shown that there is a clear and indomitable terroir here.
We get five sections of Freedom Hill Vineyard covering three clones (Pommard, Dijon 115 and Coury). This makes us one of the largest producers of Pinot Noir from this site in the state. This bottling is basically an homage to the great wines produced by the likes of St. Innocent, Ken Wright and Panther Creek. This takes all sections and clones into account. This is about 85% Dijon 115, 10% Pommard and 5% Coury Clone. The idea here is to create a wine that encapsulates Freedom Hill as a whole site and make a wine that has enough volume to be distributed on a far wider basis than the single clone bottlings will be.
Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noirs are among the most established bottlings in the state with well over two decades of incredible wines. They lean towards a dark fruit profile that has sappy, dry extract to spare, a luxurious nature to the texture and no shortage of tannins to keep everything pulled in. Best examples age remarkably well. This is a big boy Pinot Noir in 2014. Incredibly intense and very darkly fruited with quite a wealth of finishing tannin. There is a range of fermentation techniques from completely de-stemmed to over 50% whole cluster across the different clones that adds complexity and shows the broad yet well-defined character of this great Oregon Pinot Noir vineyard.
This is indeed a big boy Pinot Noir (14.5% listed alc) and one that wears its size beautifully. It begins with a nose of cherry, woodsmoke, and loamy earth. Gorgeous texturally, this fans out and saturates the entire palate with its mix of fruit and earth tones and cherry-pit bitters, and then rolls into a finish with robust fine-grained tannins. Complex, intense, and deeply pleasurable, this is among the most flat-out delicious Pinots I can remember tasting from the Patty Green lineup.
Please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests (actual allocations could end up more like 2-3 bottles; that wouldn’t surprise me at all given the parcel size involved). The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.