Freedom Hill was first planted in 1981 by the Dusschee family and Ken Wright. Today, the younger generation in the form of Dustin Dusschee farms these vines organically, parcel by parcel (his parents worked sustainably). The vines grow in the foothills of the coastal range, sheltered from the Van Duzer corridor winds, and it’s somewhat warmer here than in the Eola sites.
Walter Scott is the blood, sweat and tears life partnership of Ken Palow and Erica Landen. Ken is a veteran of the Willamette Valley wine trade with mentorship from time spent at St. Innocents, Patricia Green, and Evening Lands (Dominique Lafon), while Erica was recognized as one of Portland’s top sommeliers.
“The 2017 Freedom Hill Pinot Noir comes from vines planted in 1981 by Ken Wright. Pale to medium ruby-purple, it features charcuterie, fresh black currants, crushed black cherries and cinnamon stick on the nose with touches of autumn leaves, clove, licorice, peppercorn and dried roses. The palate is medium-bodied and silky with loads of spicy fruits, seamless freshness and a long, energetic finish. 230 cases produced. 2020 – 2027.” – 94 points, Wine Advocate (EB) – April 2020
Deep, brilliant red. Smoke-accented black raspberry, cherry and pungent floral scents, along with hints of allspice, cola and musky underbrush. Chewy, sweet and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that take on a mineral nuance on the back half. Dusty tannins add shape to the floral-driven, persistent finish, which leaves behind sappy bitter cherry and savory herb notes. 25% whole clusters and one-third new French oak. – 93 pts- Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media, August 2020