2007 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
Winemaker Notes The wine exudes layers of sandalwood, anise, cassis and dried tea leaves. Its density lingers on the palate and offers flavors of plum, bing cherries, black tea and tobacco, while the finish provides the spicy and earthy characteristics that are typical of Freestone wines.
Winemaking Data The 2007 growing season was long and dry, yielding small berries with tremendous flavor and concentration. This wine has more depth and power than the 2006 Freestone wines, along with the structure and elegance of a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
After an unusually dry winter, the onset of bud break appeared early. The overall growing season was moderate and relatively even, with a few heat spikes in early summer at berry set, which assisted the vines towards veraison of smaller berries.
Harvest got off to an early start when warmer weather arrived in mid-August, and Chardonnay suddenly caught up. Pinot Noir harvest began on September 6th and then unseasonably cool weather followed in mid-September which slowed the season tremendously, creating a second harvest of sorts. The growing season was already extended due to early bud break in the spring, and with the cooler weather, hang time continued for Pinot Noir and some Chardonnay.
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Long hangtime fruit is the star of this Pinot, which is pretty much as good as thhe winery's most expensive bottling, making it a comparative value. The raspberry, cherry, tea, cola and Indian spice flavors developed perfectly in this perfect vintage, giving the wine and elaborate richness, while crisp coastal acidity provides balancing tartness. (Dec. 2011)
91 Points - Burghound
A fresh, elegant and pure nose of extract of red Pinot fruit that does carry a whiff of crushed leaf as well as a discreet spice component that is followed by a suave, detailed and lightly mineral-suffused middle weight flavors that display a lovely sense of underlying restraint and excellent length of dusty and sappy finish. This is more Burgundian in style as there is a touch of back end austerity that allows this to be quite food friendly. (Apr. 2010)
92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Pungent herbs and spices lift blackberry and violet aromas. Juicy, ripe and spicy, with noteworthy energy to the red berry flavors. Nicely combines sweetness and grip, finishing long and bright, with suave tannins. (May/June 2010)
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Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards (Freestone Vineyard and Quarter Moon Vineyard).
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 9 - October 4, 2007
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in 65% new and 35% two-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in April 2009.