(2009 Vintage) The first taste of the 2009 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir gives a preview of just how complex this wine becomes in the glass. The aromas range from floral and spice to deep, ripe berry fruits. There's a very dense palate impression, unlike any of our Keefers since the 2005. At the same time, the acidity in the '09 is bright, and predicts this wine will age very well for years to come. Lay the 2009 Freeman Keefer down until 2012, and it should start to reach its full potential from that point through 2018.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesDespite its familial similarities in red cherry fruit focus and oaky richness, this wine is less complete than its mates on the palate where it comes across as rich but narrow and bit piquant in fruit flavor. Somewhat tapered at the finish just now, it may deliver a fair bit of improvement with cellaring, but given the competition, it would be a risk we would avoid.
International Wine CellarBright red color. Exotically perfumed bouquet of red berries, cherry compote, Asian spices and fresh rose, with an emerging floral character that carries onto the palate. Broad flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral pastille and oak spices offer alluring sweetness. Finishes sweet and gentle, with very good persistence.