Freedom Hill Vineyard
Freedom Hill Vineyard was planted by Dan and Helen Duchesse in 1982. For the past 30+ years they have lived on and farmed this historical and great Oregon vineyard. Their son Dustin works with them now on the 100+ acres site. Only a handful of vineyards in Oregon could claim to have produced as many excellent wines from a wide diversity of wineries dating back into the 1980s. Freedom Hill Vineyard would have to be on the very short list of great, recognized and historical vineyards in the state. The fact that the Duchesse family keeps working to grow better grapes on a yearly basis is a tribute to their dedication to the Oregon wine industry and the wineries they have carefully selected to work with over the years.
Freedom Hill Vineyard is the only Pinot Noir vineyard Patricia Green Cellars sources fruit from that is not in one of the smaller AVAs of the Willamette Valley but solely in the larger Willamette Valley appellation. While technically located in the Eola Hills this site is just outside of the southwestern border of the Eola-Amity AVA in the town of Dallas. Historically, Freedom Hill Vineyard was known on labels like Panther Creek Cellars, Ken Wright Cellars, Bethel Heights Winery and St. Innocent Winery for producing some of the largest scale and most structured Pinot Noirs in the country. As phyloxera grabbed hold of the original plantings the re-plantings and additions to the vineyard were put in not on the hanging trellis system as initially planted but on the common single-wire vertical trellis system that is most common in the Northern Willamette Valley. This has allowed for wines that still possess great intensity born from the Marine Sedimentary soil known as Bellpine to still flourish but with tannin structures that are richer and more complex than wines from back in the day.
We source fruit from close to 9 acres of Pinot Noir spread across five different sections of the site planted to three different clones (Pommard Clone, Dijon 115 and the most historic clone in Oregon, Coury Clone). This has allowed for a very unique approach to arise. We get so much fruit that we are able to create a Freedom Hill Pinot Noir bottling that encompasses all five sections and all three clones. This shows the depth, breadth, power, intensity, structure and even grace that are the natural hallmarks of the vineyard. However, in addition we bottle each one of the clones of Pinot Noir on their own. This allows for the baseline character of the site to have the veneer of the clone draped over the top making for three incredible and unique wines. In the Dijon 115 you find the savory mid-palate working with the incredible aromatics that lead into the firmly structured finish, in the Pommard the wild, gamey, explosive and dense character shines on the top of the wine and in the only-grown-in-Oregon Coury Clone there is a subtle, nuanced, violet-laden wine that pulls the graceful notes forward while still having a firm backbone. All these wines have their own personalities even while sharing a common theme. Again, the range and beauty of Pinot Noir’s versatility is on full display from this amazing vineyard site.