Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
As is traditionally the case, our 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is the most structured of our four Pinot Noir releases. The nose reveals an inviting combination of deep berry aromas and spicy, toasty oak notes. On the palate, it is surprisingly supple and soft for a wine with as much aging potential as this possesses. This wine should mature beautifully through 2016. If you plan on drinking it in its youth, we recommend decanting it first.
PinotReport - "Medium-deep ruby color; earthy, forest floor, black cherry aromas; big, deep, black cherry flavors with forest floor notes; nice texture; great structure and balance; long finish. Deep, earthy Pinot with complex layers of flavor. Needs some time in the glass to open up"
International Wine Cellar - "Dark red. Black raspberry, anise and cola on the nose, with a subtle floral quality adding complexity. Deeply concentrated dark berry flavors coat the palate, picking up tangy cherry skin and black tea notes on the back end. More powerful than the RRV bottling, with greater finishing grip and thrust. Decant this or let it rest."
Freeman Vineyard & Winery is the fruition of a 20-year dream shared by Ken and Akiko Freeman to craft elegant cool climate California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a sophisticated, Burgundian style. Together the Freemans carefully selected vineyards from some of Russian Rive Valley and Sonoma Coasts acclaimed sites to create elegant and balanced wines. Their first vintage was in 2002 and since then, they have continued their blending philosophy and have added a single vineyard wine with Keefer Estate. In 2008, the Freemans planted vineyards at a site in Occidental called Freeman Ranch, which is dry-farmed and organic. They purchased the 50-acre site in 2007; and donated 24 acres of redwood forest to the Bodega Bay Land Trust with 16 acres planted to Pinot Noir for their estate. View all Freeman Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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