2009 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Fermentation: 5-day cold soak in open top fermenters, hand punched down 1 to 3 times per day, free run sent directly to barrel, press wine settled and barreled separately
DescriptionAfter a good swirl, or a quick decant, the shy nose of gravelly earth, mushrooms, perfume and mint starts to emerge. On the palate, there's a mouthful of deep fruit that lasts long into the finish and is rounded out by subtle hints of French oak. We anticipate the '09 Sonoma Coast Pinot to start to open up by early 2012 and last right through the decade to 2020.
International Wine CellarMedium red. Restrained but complex and pure aromas of wild red berries, cherries, rose petal and black tea. Sweet, complex and perfumed on the palate, with strawberry, redcurrant, and spice flavors showing suave, layered depth. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and a lovely light touch, echoing the floral note. I really like this wine's finesse.
Wine SpectatorTight, with firm flavors of sour cherry, anise, mineral, cedar, white pepper and coriander, joined by a dash of tar. This is full-bodied, complex and detailed, ending with a laser beam of flavors. Drink now through 2019.
BackgroundAs is typical of our Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, the 2009 vintage is quite reserved in its youth—though already hinting at its inherent complexity and exceptional aging potential.