NC- 2021 Walter Scott "Freedom Hill" Chardonnay

NC- 2021 Walter Scott "Freedom Hill" Chardonnay

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Situated just beyond the borders of the expansive Willamette Valley lies Freedom Hill Vineyard, nestled within the newly established Mount Pisgah, Polk County appellation. Originally established in 1982, the vineyard initially boasted Pinot Noir vines rooted directly into the soil, yet succumbed to phylloxera necessitating replanting on rootstock during the 1990s. Presently, the vineyard spans approximately 93 acres, with a mere 14 acres dedicated to Chardonnay cultivation.

In 2014, Walter Scott introduced the first single-vineyard bottling of Freedom Hill Chardonnay, sourced from a petite 0.83-acre parcel of California sprawl vines. Presently, Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon procure grapes from roughly six acres of Chardonnay vines within the vineyard. This includes 1.83 acres of California sprawl vines planted in 1995 and 4.22 acres of VSP-trained vines established in 2009. Reflecting on the significance of Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pahlow notes, "This vineyard, more than any other, represents where we've been and where we've come from."

 

"A tank sample, the 2021 Chardonnay Freedom Hill Vineyard balances mineral character and racy acidity with surprisingly intense, exotic fruit. The nose offers grilled peach, elderflower, tarragon and ginger aromas with streaks of matchstick. Light-bodied and electric, the palate is packed with fragrant flavor layers, and it finishes long and flinty. I can't wait to see how this powerful, expressive Chardonnay comes together in bottle!"

-Wine Advocate, 96-98 Points

"A stunning wine from the iconic Freedom Hill vineyard in the Mount Pisgah AVA. It balances savoury brilliance with finely etched seaspray minerality. A reductive, smoky flint aromatic opens and morphs into saline notes, beeswax and petrichor alongside a grilled lemon peel note. The palate walks a razor's edge of oyster shell minerality, savoury grilled salt, and beeswax notes. Powerful, beautiful and undeniably full of joy."

-Decanter, 97 Points

"Our 2021 Freedom Hill Chardonnay is erupting with powerful aromas of tangerine blossom and Meyer lemon layered with lemon balm and ginger. The palate is a balance of density and elegance, with a razor-sharp acidity, limestone texture, and an intense saline minerality in the finish."

-Walter Scott

 

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