Wild vineyards seem to love wild vintages. 2011 started with a wet spring, evolved into a foggy summer and continued into a cool harvest season with no heat spikes - and Freestone loved it, giving us skin and seed ripeness without sugar spiking or acid dropping out. With less than 2 tons an acre to ripen, it had no trouble doing so in spectacular fashion. Freestone is once again a standout for the vintage, showing gorgeous black cherry, black plum, thyme and clove on the nose, with the candied blackberry character likening to what Frambois is to raspberry. In the mouth, the wine is broody and dark spice with a lift of creamy red fruit. The juicy cherry/ cranberry/ blackberry has the perfect sweet/ tart balance that we love, and the sweet, substantial tannins, solid structure, and nice acid extends the berry and toffee finish.
"Everything about this Pinot screams quality. Although it will only improve with time, it’s certainly enjoyable now for its raspberry, cherry, cola and oak flavors that will pair perfectly with a great steak. The Dijon clones that constitute the blend reacted perfectly to the cool vintage, yielding ripe fruit along with tart acidity and firm tannins. "
"A sappy, warming Russian River pinot, this carries an inviting natural sweetness in its dark berry flavors, while the grip of its spicy tannins provides direction. It's powerful yet easy to drink, with a firmness to match the fat of a roast duck. "
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