Stevenson Barrie Pinot noir
Freedom Hill 03 $24.98/$27.75
($24.98 for any 12 or more bottles, otherwise $27.75)
Check out what famed wine writer Matt
Kramer (Oregonian, Wine Spectator) has to say about tiny Stevenson Barrie's
Freedom Hill 03:
2003 Oregon Pinot noir, one of the standouts of the vintage.
It's very much worth hunting down. There's no intrusive oakiness in this
wine, as Stevenson-Barrie consciously avoids using any new oak in its
wines. (Panther Creek wines, in comparison, are noticeably oaky.) This
restraint works immensely to the benefit of the wine, allowing a lovely
flavor purity to emerge, redolent of raspberries and a distinct hint
"When a 2003 Oregon Pinot noir is good,
it can be more than merely good: It can be spectacular. The
top 2003 pinot noirs are richer, denser and more basso profundo, if you
will, than in any other recent Oregon vintage. The best
producers knew just when to pick; just how to handle such ripe grapes;
just how much to acidify; and just how long to leave the wine in barrel.
While every vintage poses these challenges, it was trickier in 2003. "
"Michael Stevenson clearly
knew what he was doing, at least in this superb 2003 pinot noir from
Freedom Hill Vineyard near Dallas, which is west of Salem. Stevenson-Barrie
is a private venture of Michael Stevenson and Scott Barrie, with Stevenson,
best known as Panther Creek Cellars' winemaker, supplying the winemaking
makes the 2003 Freedom Hill Vineyard bottling stand out is a striking
purity allied to a just-right balance.
There's no intrusive oakiness in this wine, as Stevenson-Barrie consciously
avoids using any new oak in its wines. (Panther Creek wines, in comparison,
are noticeably oaky.) This restraint works immensely to the benefit of
the wine, allowing a lovely flavor purity to emerge, redolent
of raspberries and a distinct hint of minerals."
----------- - Matt Kramer, Oregonian, Sunday
June 18, 2006
Matt Kramer writes for the Oregonian and
for Wine Spectator.
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