2021 Walter Scott Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, USA
Owners Dan and Helen Dusschee planted the iconic Freedom Hill Vineyard in 1981. Their son, Dustin, took over the farming responsibility in 2017 in yet another generation of sustainable stewardship. Freedom Hill Vineyard is tucked into the foothills of the Coastal range on a gentle southeast slope. Protected from the Van Duzer winds, this vineyard has a warmer climate than those of the neighboring Eola-Amity Hills. The soils here are a sedimentary, uplifted seabed, and are thought to be among the oldest in the region. These ancient soils, combined with the vineyard’s microclimate are now recognized as part of a new sub-appellation within the Willamette Valley called Mt. Pisgah, Polk County AVA.
Freedom Hill Pinot noir consistently delivers intense layers of brambly raspberry, black plum, and violets. The palate is dense with savory tobacco notes and gravelly minerality, finishing with velvety tannins. Because this vineyard has the potential to produce intensely structured wines, our intention is to create an expression that possesses the finesse to balance its power.
-Walter Scott Wines