Freestone Vineyards Fogdog Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2007 Fogdog Pinot Noir has a very pronounced perfume of sour cherry compote with layers of cinnamon, spice, black tea and wet earth. The 2007 vintage was fantastic for the production of concentrated Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The warm weather in early September followed by a 12-day cooling spell allowed for longer than expected hang time. These conditions yielded small berries, hardened stems and loads of concentration. Slow fermentation with approximately 20% whole clusters on average produced a wine with concentration, balance and tremendous aromas that excite the nose before the first sip is taken.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
"Good deep red-ruby. Pure aromas of cherry, raspberry and flowers; seemed to grow riper with air. Juicy, pure and focused, with modest flesh but very good intensity and perfume to its red fruit, floral and crushed rock flavors. Firmly structured pinot with a perfumed aftertaste. My early look at three 2007s to be bottled under the flagship label, including two new vineyard-designated selections , suggests that the outstanding 2006 Freestone pinot was no fluke."
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Founded in 1999 when the Joseph Phelps family and management team broke ground on more than 100 acres near the town of Freestone in the Sonoma Coast appellation with a goal of creating a winery to produce outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At Freestone Vineyards, developing and applying biodynamic farming practices is an opportunity to fully express the regional characteristics of the soil, climate, and terrain within the context of what natures provides. Careful picking and sorting by hand encourages fresh and pure fruit expression.
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