2007 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
"...Freestone's estate Chardonnay is a rich, powerful wine along the lines of Burgundy's Corton-Charlemagne. The richness is balanced by riveting acidity, which is uncommon in a California Chardonnay. Aromas of ripe pear and tangerine dominate against back notes of citrus and wet stone. This is a truly monumental California chard..." (Robert Whitley)
...a stellar accomplishment. [This wine] has succeeded in being deep and layered without resorting to high ripeness, and possesses the enlivening acidity that has become part and parcel of the new Chardonnay paradigm in California. [It] comes with a slight haze in its appearance and, like the best efforts of that genre, its fruit is sweet and pulpy, deep and vital all at the same time. Long, fruity, tart and promising to gain greater range over time, this wine is about as good as it gets and joins a very select list of our favorite wines.
Inviting aromas of wet stone and lemon. Golden apple and citrus, with very firm structure, mouth-watering acidity and a glint of minerality. Fabulous concentration and balance, and while enjoyable now, it has a long future ahead of it. (Linda Murphy)
Sleek and spicy with a mix of tangerine, citrus and orange zest that’s intense, vibrant, complex and earthy. Full- bodied, offering floral scents and a hint of mineral. Drink now through 2016. 1,300 cases made. – J.L.
2007 Freestone, Sonoma Coast. Medium-light to medium golden yellow; attractive, intense, complex, buttery, tangerine and baked apple aroma with notes of hazelnut, honeysuckle, and minerals; full body; rich, plush, citrus and baked apple flavors with a touch of butterscotch; crisp acidity on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Shows outstanding fruit though tends to a more austere style. Very highly recommended.
"The light gold-colored 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (from Goldridge soils) exhibits plenty of buttery citrus, orange rind and honeysuckle characteristics intermixed with hints of smoky oak and hazelnuts. This Burgundian-styled, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay possesses enough acidity to balance its bold, concentrated style. It should age nicely for 5-7 years."