Haden Fig is the lesser-known sister winery to Evesham Wood in Oregon. Erin Nuccio got the wine itch while working for a retailer on the east coast and eventually made his way over to the west. He went to enology school in Northern California before heading up to the Willamette Valley, where he met with the owner of Evesham Wood. The two saw eye to eye, and Nico found himself in an apprenticeship, which was also the birth of Haden Fig. Now Erin is at the helm of both wineries, but his first love will always be Haden Fig.
This is the first vintage of Freedom Hill for Haden Fig; the vines here were planted in 1981 from Pommard clones and have been farmed sustainably since then, which complies with Haden Figs practices of sustainability and bio-dynamics. These wines rarely make it out of Oregon, so it is a pleasure to be able to offer this excellent example from the Willamette Valley, which is one of the top values of the 2016 vintage!
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 93 points! "Brilliant red. Dark berries, musky earth, licorice and a hint of lavender on the deeply fragrant nose. A floral nuance emerges with air and carries onto the palate, which displays expansive black raspberry, cherry-cola and spicecake flavors that slowly turn spicier with air. Shows powerful thrust and a hint of smokiness on the impressively long finish, which is supported by sneaky, building tannins."