Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

Item No. 111880
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE96
  • PR92
  • ST92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir is reminiscent of the soft and fruity 2007 version. There's a beautiful nose of rhubarb, black cherries, spicy oak and cola that seems to change every time you pick up the glass. On the palate, the texture is seductive with perfect acidity and very pleasant cranberry and cherry flavors. The finish is long with toasty oak and fruit. We anticipate the best drinking window to be from 2011 to 2015 for the '08 Freeman Keefer.

Critical Acclaim

"So pale in color, it’s hard to believe it packs so much flavor. Stuns with the complexity of its cherries, raspberries and cola, with fantastically spicy notes. Hard to describe just how intricate it feels, changing by the second as the palate uncovers additional nuances. The vineyard, which is in Green Valley, is coveted among Pinot Noir winemakers. A very great Pinot Noir, defining silkiness and delicacy, and should age effortlessly for at least the next six years. "
96 Points

"Bright red. Sexy, highly perfumed scents of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices. Silky in texture and alluringly sweet, offering vivid red fruit and floral pastille flavors lifted by tangy minerality. A very pure and well-balanced wine that finishes with impressive clarity and sweet persistence."
92 Points

"Medium ruby color; deep, lush, juicy red cherry and earthy aromas; rich, ripe lush red cherry flavors with earthy notes; sliky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, ripe Pinot with some great earthy notes—pair it with a nice mushroom pasta or grilled chicken."
92 Points

Learn About Freeman

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...

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Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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