2009 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
"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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.