Schultz Wines 2012 Freedom Fir Crest Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $29

By on March 3, 2016

schultz-wines-freedom-fir-crest-vineyard-pinot-noir-2012-bottleTwo years ago, chemical engineer Greg Schultz and his wife, Debbie, began turning a portion of their 60-acre ranch near Grants Pass, Ore., into vineyard, so they’ve been purchasing fruit for their brand since the 2010 launch. Their partnership with Medford winemaker Linda Donovan and Twelve Wine grower/owner John Lenyo along Fir Crest Road near Carlton turned into a marvelous Pinot Noir – a product of the stellar 2012 vintage in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area. This lot spent 19 months in a barrel program of 33% new French oak to create entrancing aromas leading with light toast and chai spices amid fruitiness akin to black cherry, raspberry and blueberry. The drink yields a steady stream of Bing cherry and blueberry flavors that are cast with chocolate-covered pomegranate. Its intense length should serve it well alongside Herb and Garlic Crusted Prime Rib with Burgundy Thmye Gravy.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 70 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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