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2006 Panther Creek Freedom Hill Pinot Noir – Review

According to Robert Parker, Panther Creek Cellars is ” one of the most consistent, high quality, Oregon wineries” and based on our initial samplings of its wines, could hardly disagree. 

Since 1986, this winery has been producing top-quality wines which showcase what the great state of Oregon can produce – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It, like many other wineries, source all their fruit from local vineyards and have grape prices locked in with long-term contracts.

This particular Pinot Noir uses fruit from Freedom Hills Vineyard which is about 20miles (as the crow flies) from the winery – its owned by Dan and Helen Dusschee – who planted the grapes back in 1982. 

 

Technical Data:

  • Bottling Date:  April 10, 2008
  • Release Date:  September 1, 2008
  • Alcohol: 14.3 %
  • Aging: 16 months in French Oak, 30% new
  • Production: 980 cases 
  • Clones: Dijon clones 777, 114, 667, Pommard & Wadenswil
  • Soil type: Sedimentary Bellpine soils
  • PH: 3.66. 
  • Titratable acidity at bottling was .53 g/100ml.
  • Several blocks at Freedom Hill which were harvested from Sept 29th through Oct 3rd at 25.1 to 26.1 brix…Mostly in the low 25’s.

Nose: Cranberries, dirt, fresh road-kill, white pepper, bacon and tar – I also pick up some dark cherries on the end of the nose. This is one of the few pinot’s I’ve had that makes me want to just sit around with my nose all up in it – smelling it for an hour before I even taste it. 

Taste: Beautiful cranberry-sauce, blackberry pie crust, wild game, blackberries, gooseberries, elderberries and a rediculous mouth-feel make this one of the truly more memorable pinot’s I’ve had. The finish has killer hang-time and quite simply lasts a long time. It’s a serious Pinot that could be a gateway wine for those new into the world of Pinot and want to experience what this grape is all about. I realize that at $40, it’s on the higher-end of the price scale, but I’d highly encourage you to splurge on yourself once in a while – especially if it means you get to try a wine like this. As far as pinot pricing goes (it’s not cheap to make great pinot), I feel Panther Creek is on track.

W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Winery website: www.panthercreekcellars.com