Lange Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard 2012

Don and Wendy Lange moved to Dundee from Santa Barbara and planted thirty acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in 1987, establishing Lange Estate. Don graduated from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop with a Master of Fine Arts degree and then pursued a career as a musician, winning a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts before becoming a winemaker. Jesse Lange, Don’s son, joined the winemaking team in 2004 and Don’s wife, Wendy, oversees the business side of the winery. Today, the Lange family owns 60 acres of land on three properties in Dundee Hills of which 45 acres are planted to vine. They purchased the Dundee Hills vineyards, Mia Block (2003) and Redside (2006) to complement their original estate vineyard. The vineyards are planted on well-draining, deep volcanic Jory and Nekia soils. The Lange’s specialize in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The latter variety is of particular significance as Don was the fourth to plant Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley and the first to release a barrel fermented reserve. The wine is still produced today and is considered a benchmark for the varietal in Oregon. Pinot Noir Pommard and Wadenswil clones, now in its third decade, are planted on their own roots. The Langes follow a non-interventionist approach to winemaking gentle handling of the grapes, no extended pre- or post-fermentation maceration, no dry ice, and minimal use of sulfur dioxide. Additional fruit is purchased from growers in the surrounding appellations. Their long-standing relationships with these growers have allowed the winery to establish a reputation for consistency in their wines. The winery is certified by Low Impact Viticulture and Enology (LIVE). In 2012, Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards was named Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine [+]