Freja Cellars Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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Alcohol: 13.2%

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Tasting Notes: The nose offers aromas of fresh raspberries, rose blossom, leather, and a beautiful earthiness. On the palate, it lands on cranberry and tart cherry flavors with bright notes of hibiscus tea followed by earthy hints of cocoa dust, dried herbs and a dash of baking spices.

Notes: 2014 - Big yielding crop on the vines to slow down the ripening in what was a long hot and dry Fall. Hungarian, Oregon and French oak barrels used for aging the wine 11 months in 10% new wood. 

The Domain: The name Freja is both a tribute to both the majestic Burgundy region of France where great Pinot Noir has its origins and to the Scandinavian nomads who first settled this area.

In Norse mythology, Freja is a goddess of love and fertility. She is the patron of crops and birth, the symbol of sensuality. Freja is peacemaker and the bride of fallen heroes.

At times she rode Odin’s famous horse Sleipner(depicted on the front label). In Teutonic mythology, she was fused with the goddess Frigg. Friday is named for her.

Freja Vineyards are located on the Chehalem Mountains  in the North Willamette Valley.

The Pinot Noir vines are on a very steep slope at 800-700 ft elevation  facing south-southwest with the soil type of Laurelwood. The Laurelwood series is a well-drained reddish silt loam loess deposits reaching a depth of 30 feet left behind by the missoula floods at the end of the ice age.

The current production acreage was established in 1988 with both Wadensville (50%), 777(25%) and Pommard (25%) Pinot Noir clones. Under Freja management, an adjacent property, the Hughes vineyard, has begun producing high quality fruit(115) for the winery. 

 

The  vineyards are managed using sensible viticulture practices.