Kelley Fox

Pinot Blanc 2017
Willamette Valley, Oregon, $31.99

"This wine was produced from the storied Freedom Hill Vineyard in Dallas (bordering the Eola-Hills A.V.A.) and was planted, owned and farmed by the Dusschee family. The soil here is Bellpine, a marine sedimentary silt clay loam that is well-drained. This is true, 100% Pinot blanc: there is no Auxerrois in this bottling. Produced much the same way as one would produce Chardonnay, this Pinot blanc was 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 un-inoculated, this wine is dry and ML-complete with a final pH of 3.33.

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 me just a tiny bit of Belluard's Les Alpes Gringet (Savoie). Excellent acidity, very clean on the palate, and long." Winery Notes.