Pinot Noir, ‘Freedom Hill’, Ken Wright
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.