St Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2013
"Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the foothills of the Coast Range, 10 miles SW of Salem, Oregon. During the day warm air rises from the valley floor ripening the skins. At night, cool ocean breezes act to retain acidity. Planted on old sedimentary soils, the vines have a SW exposure at an elevation of 520' to 580'. Our Pinot noir comes from two blocks, one planted in 2004 with Pommard and Wädenswil and one planted in 2008 with 777.
"The 2013 Pinot noir, Freedom Hill has aromas of ripe red raspberry and black cherry with a broad cedar and rose notes leaving the impression of sensual beauty. The nose is especially vibrant and seductive for Freedom Hill at this young age. The palate immediately reveals its broad and rich tannin structure with juicy acidity, loads of black cherry flavors, a clay-like minerality and layers of earthy spice. This is a very big and broad Pinot noir that still has focus and clarity.
"This is a wine for richly flavored foods with complex, roasted flavors like ratatouille, lasagne, and for me, its signature dish, Porterhouse steak with fried potatoes. It can be enjoyed after decanting 2-3 hours and aged for 12 years."
Wine notes by Mark Vlossak, Winemaker
"Richly flavored red meat entrees like steak, roast beef, duck and leg of lamb match well with this dark-red fruited, earthy nuanced and solidly structured Pinot noir. It will benefit from decanting 1-2 hours before serving and can be
aged up to