Kelley Fox, Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc


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Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc was produced from the storied Freedom Hill Vineyard in Dallas (bordering the Eola-Hills A.V.A.). The soil here is Bellpine, a marine sedimentary silt clay loam that is well-drained. 100% Pinot blanc, whole cluster-pressed after picking. It settled in tank for a couple of days before racking to neutral Burgundy oak barrels (228L). No new wood. Fermented in these barrels with wild yeasts, this wine is dry and underwent malolactic.

The colour is a highly transparent, brilliant pale, lemon yellow with a hint of green. The nose is full of fruit and flowers, and to date, extends quite a bit beyond the glass. The texture is rich without an iota of heaviness. This wine reminds us just a tiny bit of Belluard's Les Alpes Gringet (Savoie). Excellent acidity, very clean on the palate, and long.

KELLEY FOX WINES, Dundee Hills and McMinnville new!Biodynamic

Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery producing Pinot noir from self-rooted, dry-farmed, old vines of the historic Maresh Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, and the Demeter-certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville foothills since 2007.

So much for the dry and dusty history for this is a story of a woman and the very special places where the vines grow and the wine is made and mediated.

Kelley Fox has been a full-time, on-the-floor winemaker for over sixteen years. Most of the canopy work in her blocks at Maresh she does personally and in solitude, including the biodynamic sprays.