Pinot Noir 'Freedom Hill'
The Freedom Hill vineyard, which is located in Willamette Valley AVA is 9.05 acres (KW Plots) which was originally planted in 1982 and replanted between 200-2004. Perfectly situated on a east facing slope 450ft above sea level on Bellpine volcanic soils.
The land, which one Oregon State extension agent once told the Dusschees had been the single best prune-growing land in Polk County, is now planted mostly in Pinot Noir, with Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and a little Tempranillo added to the mix. Ken’s son Cody Wright of Purple Hands, who grew up with the Dusschee kids, is also a client now. Some vintages were tougher than others (“It was 28 degrees and dark when we picked 2011,” remembers Dan) and in 1995 a load slipped out of the flatbed delivery truck and tipped out all of the grapes, which Dan and a winemaker pitchforked back into the truck for most of the ensuing night. Both he and Helen joined professional and social organizations, held and judged events at the state fairs — worked the vineyards together and enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) long relationships forged in the wine community.