Purple Hands Winery, Freedom Hill Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2019
Overview of the Brand
Purple Hands Vineyards celebrates site-specific Pinot noir and Chardonnay that unearth the Willamette Valley’s long evolutionary history. Using traditional winemaking techniques, they strive to produce wines that convey an honest expression of each of their vineyards—its grapevines and cultivation, soil and stone, sunshine and rain. All of their wines undergo native fermentation and remain unfined and unfiltered at bottling to preserve their natural, wild character. Achieving elegance in this pursuit is the passion and art of their craft.
Over the past 40 years, Cody Wright’s family has created a legacy of quality in the Oregon wine industry. Their winemaking styles and techniques helped Oregon’s Willamette Valley become the premium Pinot noir producing region in the world. At Purple Hands, Cody continues to build on the standard of excellence initiated by the previous generation.
Purple Hands is a low input, purity-driven winery. Ferments are a mixture of techniques: Pied de Cuve, native yeasts, and some commercial strains as needed.
Whole cluster and skin macerations are vintage-dependent styles. Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered to retain the honesty of the vineyard.
Soil: Bellpine Loam (Marine Sediment)
Elevation: 400 feet
Year Planted: 1982
Farming Practices: Dry Farmed, Organically farmed, not certified.
Ageing: 11 Months in French Oak Barrels, 40% New.
Ageability: 10+ years
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir (Clones: Wädenswil, Coury)
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Purple Hands Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir offer notes of strawberry, mulberry, boysenberry, sassafras, creamy caramel, watermelon, almond, mushroom, and cola.
94 Points - James Suckling
This has a beautiful nose of blood oranges, sour cherries, cranberries, rose hips and wild mushrooms. It’s medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity. Sleek, supple and transparent. Delicious earthy notes on the long finish. Drink now or hold.
93 Points - Wine Spectator
A handsome red that's well built yet plush and savory, with expressive cherry and raspberry flavors that take on toasty spice and clove accents. Drink now through 2029.
Product size: 750ml
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