Willamette Valley Vineyards Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
Willamette Valley Vineyards Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label

Willamette Valley Vineyards Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998

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Incredible savings on Pinot Noir from the much heralded 1998 Oregon Vintage! A bigger, richer style of Pinot, drinking wonderfully right now.

Medium to bigger bodied; richly textured. Ruby color. Raspberry, cinnamon and spice aromas. Smoky, cream and blackberry flavors. Long, rich and spicy finish.

Matches better with bigger, richer entrees. Wonderful with prime rib, pepper steak, lamb, wild game, wild duck and goose and stronger cheeses. Serve at slightly less than room temperature.

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A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from a bold idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The “budwood” of Willamette Valley Vineyards began long before its founding in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. His Dad was hired by a California winemaker to secure the first winery license in Oregon since Prohibition. Jim’s Dad allowed him small tastes of Richard Sommer’s wine, lighting a path that led Jim from home winemaking to studies at UC Davis and eventually Beaune, France.

In 1983, Jim cleared away an old pioneer plum orchard in the Salem Hills and hand-watered his first plantings using 17 lengths of 75’ garden hose.

Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to build a winery that would produce world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in more than 16,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ. 

The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate vineyards and practices environmentally sustainable farming. All of the vineyards have been certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon-Safe programs since 1997.


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Running north to south, adjacent to the Willamette River, the Eola-Amity Hills AVA has shallow and well-drained soils created from ancient lava flows (called Jory), marine sediments, rocks and alluvial deposits. These soils force vine roots to dig deep, producing small grapes with great concentration.

Like in the McMinnville sub-AVA, cold Pacific air streams in via the Van Duzer Corridor and assists the maintenance of higher acidity in its grapes. This great concentration, combined with marked acidity, give the Eola-Amity Hills wines—namely Pinot noir—their distinct character. While the region covers 40,000 acres, no more than 1,400 acres are covered in vine.

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