2007 Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard

Publication
Decanter
Author
Linda Murphy
Date
February 16, 2010
Award
5 Stars
Review

Christmas spice, earth, cola, graphite and dark red fruit.  Full and deep, yet beautifully balanced and nervy.  Built for the long haul.  (Linda Murphy is Decanter's U.S. West Coast correspondent.)

Publication
PinotFile
Date
12-18-09
Award
Exceptional
Review

Very complex array of aromas including black cherries, blackberries, forest floor, flower garden and spice.  The savory core of earth-dusted and spiced dark fruits is unctuous and thoroughly satisfying.  Framed by supple dry tannins, the fruit lingers long and lush on the finish.  Beautifully crafted and harmonious in every way. Exceptional.

Publication
The Wine Advocate
Author
Robert Parker
Date
12-31-08
Award
(91-93)
Review

The 2007 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard Pastorale exhibits sweet sassafras/cola, plum, black cherry, spice and earth characteristics.  Consume it over the next 7-8 years.

Publication
WineReviewOnline.com
Author
Ed McCarthy
Date
April 3, 2009
Award
95 Points
Review

The 2007 barrel samples were single vineyard Pinot Noirs.  The '07 Freestone Pastorale Vineyard is a knockout, intense and concentrated.  (Ed McCarthy)

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May-June 2010
Award
91 Points
Review

Good full red. Musky raspberry, minerals and milk chocolate on the nose, with spicy/herbal evidence of stems. Deep and sweet but a bit youthfully tight, conveying an impression of power and minerality. There's a distinctly wild aspect to the red berry flavors. Tannins are firm but in harmony with the wine's fruit. This serious pinot needs time. My sample remained fresh and gained in texture with 48 hours in the recorked bottle. Visit website.

Publication
California Grapevine
Date
August-September 2010
Review

2007 Freestone, "Pastorale Vineyard," Sonoma Coast. Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, fragrant, spicy, complex, cranberry and sweet cherry fruit aroma with notes of clove and cinnamon; medium-full body; rich, intense, spicy, cherry fruit flavors with some tightness on the finish; well balanced and structured; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.While this wine opened and developed with airing in the glass and was very enjoyable to taste now, it deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.