Oh, I didn’t take it personally or professionally. I think blind tastings are weird outside of blending or training settings. It’s easy to get off track. Even for super experienced tasters.P Intag wrote: ↑October 13th, 2021, 1:10 pmThanks for taking the time to reply, Jim. Yes, I'm a little embarrassed about guessing Cabernet for this, but in my defense, I actually correctly guessed the other 6 other bottles' varieties (1 Tempranillo, 2 Pinots, 1 Merlot, and 2 Cabernets) correctly! Being horribly off on only one is actually not too bad!Jim Anderson wrote: ↑October 13th, 2021, 11:52 amFreedom Hill takes a while to unwind. It has appropriate structure and 2016s are intense, fresh and exceptionally age worthy. Against what I would imagine are two much softer Pinots this would stand out and it’s good that this has bones and gumption right now. Confusing with Cabernet? I wouldn’t, but then again I know this wine like the back of my hand and to each their own. It’s a 4 year old wine that really won’t show it’s best for another 6+ years. Easily. Freedom Hill is a terrific vineyard with great ownership and management. We certainly produce more Freedom Hill Pinot Noir (and Pinot Noirs) than anyone so I think I can speak confidently about the site and the wines produces. There’s a mix of clones and no lack of whole cluster in this bottling. At around $35 give or take depending on where you get it this wine should deliver over a long period of time but I can understand the question about it in the here and now if I can also disagree wholeheartedly with it tasting like Cab.
In any case, I've only had the PGC 2012 Freedom Hill (twice - still have two bottles), and I think it still needs a few more years to really show well, though I enjoyed the last bottle a couple of years ago and thought it best after being opened for 2 days. Seems like this 2016 is going along the same track, though my first bottle of it shortly after release was drinking very nicely. Maybe best to treat these like a good Burg that shows well on release and then shuts down for a number of years.
We have the good fortune to work with many excellent vineyards and Patty and I always wanted to make wines that we liked. I definitely enjoy structure and non-fruit driven intensity in younger Pinots. Certain vineyards definitely allow us to delve into that and Freedom Hill is one of them. I would say 2012 is an inflection point for us at the winery in terms of youthful presentation, let’s say. I think you see several wineries (most would have been mentioned on this board many times) in Oregon that are not trying to make “age-worthy” wines but wines that unspool the deep structures that a lot of Pinot Noir vineyards offer up here.