2010 St. Innocent "Freedom Hill Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard saw 67% of the wine raised in stainless steel and 33% in oak puncheons, the latter to induce a rounder texture. Mineral, baking spice, melon, and white peach aromas compose the wine’s inviting bouquet. Creamy textured, vibrant, and impeccably balanced, this lengthy effort will provide enjoyment for several more years. All of these whites wines are outstanding values.
Tight, this lightly structured wine offers firm tannins wound around a lean core of blackberry, anise and mineral flavors, lingering on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2017. (Web-2013)
The Freedom Hill Vineyard is tucked into the foothills of Oregon's Coast Range, about 10 miles southwest of the state capital. About a third of the wine was fermented in barrel, with the rest done sur lie in tank, allowing the aromatic impact of the cool 2010 vintage to come through. Spicy ginger, melon and tart apple aromas continue from nose to palate, with overtones of jasmine and honeysuckle and a core of stony minerals. Dry on the finish with fresh acidity, this is a great wine for crab cakes or moules frites.