2009 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
December 31, 2011
Award
92 Points
Review

"Enormously ripe in cherries, raspberries, cranberries and dates, almost sweet, except that it's totally dry, and the acidity is fresh and bright. A big, big wine that dazzles for sheer power..."

Publication
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
February 29, 2012
Award
92 Points
Review

The 2009 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards bursts from the glass with an exciting array of sweet black cherries, herbs, dried flowers, licorice and tar, all supported by lively minerality. This focused, beautifully delineated Pinot is first-class all the way.

Publication
Wine & Spirits
Date
April 2012
Award
94 Points - Year's Best Pinot Noir List
Review

It's a dramatic wine in 2009, with layers of flavor immediately implied in the scent - ripe black cherries, the iodine of kelp and oak softening the minerality of the tannin. The wine's delicious richness becomes explosive with air, the potent structure bringing waves of salty tannins and blasts of red fruit.

Publication
Wine Access
Author
Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Date
September 27, 2012
Award
93 Points
Review

While the nose is somewhat closed, it eventually opens up with aromas of black cherry, raspberry and white pepper bolstered by lifted spice and leather notes. There is great purity of fruit here - black cherry, raspberry and blueberry flavours are walled in by medium tannins and light acidity. Drink this remarkably complex Pinot now, after some decanting, or wait for it to open up over the course of the next five years.

Publication
JamesSuckling.com
Author
James Suckling
Date
June & December 2012
Award
95 Points - #8 "My Top 10 Wines of 2012"
Review

Intense purity of fruit with blackberries and dried lemon skin. Dark chocolate and coffee. Full body, with a juicy, chewy and ripe palate with green pepper and jalapeño. Lovely fruit too. This with pulled pork would be mind blowing.