2010 St. Innocent "Freedom Hill Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

SKU #1074800 91 points 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.  (10/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5