2011 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
Winemaker Notes Bright cherry, cranberry, currant and sweet baking spice aromas leap from the glass followed by notes of blackberry, white pepper, cassis and rose petals. A rich, full mouthfeel paves the way for concentrated raspberry, Bing cherry, allspice and vanilla flavors along with Freestone’s characteristic tangerine peel. Balanced acidity and tannins create an alluring Pinot Noir with a long, lush finish.
Winemaking Data Grapes were picked early each morning and sorted to tank for fermentation using an overall average of 17% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs produced a finished wine that is fresh and lively with spice and mineral characteristics of the western Sonoma Coast’s cool climate.
The 2011 growing season was marked by cool weather and rain that lasted until June. Bud break and bloom were later than usual, but by the summer months, moderate temperatures and afternoon sunshine kicked the growing season into gear. A warming trend in September helped the grapes ripen to maturity.
The 2011 Pinot Noir growing season was slow and cool, producing exceptional fruit with uniform sugar and acid levels, making for ideal natural winemaking conditions. The finished wines are nicely balanced and concentrated, with a lingering Freestone spice element. Pinot Noir blocks were picked before the October rains.
93 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
It has mouthwatering acidity and vastly complex flavors, ranging from ripe heirloom tomatoes, cola, pomegranates and cranberries, to ripe cherries and red currants. (Dec. 2013)
92 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Gorgeous dark cherries, savory herbs, licorice and mint are woven together in the 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard. Intense and rich, the 2011 is surprisingly rich for the year. Wilder, gamier noted appear later, adding complexity on the inviting finish. (Apr. 2013)
91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard has shut down in bottle considerably. Today the tannins are quite firm and clenched. The flavors are bright and expressive, while the savory notes typical of the cool year are very much evident, particularly some of the gamier nuances that have always been a part of this wine. (Feb. 2014)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards (59% Pastorale Vineyard and 41% Quarter Moon Vineyard).
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 28 - October 12, 2011
Aging/Cooperage 14 months in 40% new and 60% two-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in February 2013.