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2003 Freja Cellars Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $18. Freja was the Goddess of Love and Fertility for Burgundian 8th century settlers. Winemaker is Willy Gianopoles, who interestingly enough grew up in Woodstock, New York during the 1960s and 1970s. He bought property on a Chehalem Mountain hillside in the northern Willamette Valley in 1987. The estate vineyard was planted the next year to 2A (75%) and Pommard (25%) clones. Aged in a combination of Oregon, Hungarian and French oak (30% new). · The aromas are deep and fruity. On the palate, there are moderately intense flavors of red and black fruits, herbs and wet leaf. Bright acidity dances on the back end. Decent. Reviewed September 5, 2006

Winery: Freja Cellars