KEN WRIGHT FREEDOM HILL 2017 PINOT NOIR



  • The label, created by Dave Berkvam, depicts the practice of racking the barrels with inert gas.
  • Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the AVA of Willamette Valley. Originally planted in 1982 and replanted in 2000-2004. It sits on 450 ft of elevation on a east facing slope.
  • 2017 was a throwback to the classic vintages we have experienced over 30 plus years in the Willamette Valley. Bud break (first green tissue) happened at the time we normally expect. Bloom (flowering of each individual grape) was also when we normally expect this phenomenon, mid-June. This summer, we experienced one of the longest dry periods in our history through July and August. No precipitation for 56 days. When we first checked sugar levels they were abnormally high.With more whole berries, the resulting wines had beautiful high-toned aromatics. The whole berries also helped to slow down fermentation allowing for greater extraction of aroma and flavor.
  • The crop level of 2016 was quite low. We averaged just above two tons per acre. This is mostly due to the very small berry size of the vintage. Small berries give us greater intensity of color, aroma and texture. It is a magnificent vintage that combines density with balance and immediate appeal.