95 points Vinous: "An expansive, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, incense, potpourri and Asian spices, along with sassafras and smoky mineral nuances. At once concentrated and graceful in character, offering palate-staining black raspberry, cherry, boysenberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that show strong back-end cut. The berry and floral qualities carry strongly through a strikingly long, sweet, youthfully tannic finish that leaves building mineral and spice notes behind. All whole clusters and 20% new oak."
95 points, Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast: "A striking, dense and muscular wine, this is a standout among a slew of Freedom Hill designates from Patricia Green Cellars. Sappy blackberry and black-cherry fruit is streaked with highlights of red licorice, coffee and a whiff of charred wood. The tannins are polished and firm, and at 14 years of age, these vines are just entering their prime."
The winery: This is simply perfect material from one single block of the vineyard the East Liberty Block, all Dijon 115 Clone Pinot Noir planted in 2004. This bottling has always emphasized the ability for whole cluster fermentation to shine with fruit from this vineyard. From 2012-2015 this bottling drew from fermenters that were generally 50-60% whole cluster fermentation. In 2016 a few barrels that were 100% whole cluster found there way into the mix. In 2017 we have committed this block of the vineyard and this particular bottling to 100% whole cluster fermentations.
In 2018 we have kept that going. They are the most provocative, distinct and thrilling barrels of all the scores of Dijon 115 barrels from which we have to choose. The relationship between this block’s fruit and the tightly wound, highly evocative aromatic quality of Pinot Noir that we know Oregon can produce under the best of circumstances is perfect. The Duchesse’s dedication to increasing the quality of their farming and moving from sustainable farming to organic farming is paying dividends in the health of all their plants and the quality of fruit those plants are producing. This particular block has adapted quickly and the fruit and wine show the results. While Freedom Hill is historically known for its power and structure, it is evolving as it matures as a site that layers beauty on top of that infrastructure. This wine has floral tones, graphite, herbs, red fruit and saline notes all intertwined even at this young age. There is still power, but the tannins are incredibly fine-grained making for a wine of precision, length and complexity.