2014 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
Winemaker Notes The 2015 Pinot Noir opens with concentrated red fruit, floral notes and citrus peel followed by tangy spice, Bing cherry, juicy dark raspberry and dried herbs. A rich, opulent wine with sumptuous layers of blackberry jam, lavender and earthy forest floor throughout the palate to a lingering finish.
Winemaking Data Grapes were picked during the cool pre-dawn hours and sorted before being gravity fed to tank for a long natural fermentation using an overall average of 19% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs produced a finely textured wine with elegant structure and a distinctive Freestone spice character prevalent throughout this area of the western Sonoma Coast.
Vintage Notes The 2015 Sonoma Coast growing season experienced dry, mild winter and spring temperatures similar to the prior three growing seasons. Bud break was 3-4 weeks earlier than normal, followed by an early period of bloom. May temperatures were cool, but August and September were consistently warm, creating conditions for one of the earliest harvests on record. The early growing season resulted in extremely small clusters and berries with intense flavor and tannin structure. The early harvest allowed our winemaking team the ability to capture the natural acidity in the fruit with ideal sugar accumulation.
90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
This wine has a dark ruby color and a big, sweet kiss of strawberries, tart cherries and pomegranate as well as some loamy soil notes, followed by a juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel and crisp, zesty finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (Oct. 2016)
91 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
Light and vibrantly high in integrated acidity, this wine is complex and savory but white pepper is a constant. Along the nuanced layers are an earthy patch of wild strawberry and cardamom that persists elegantly on the palate. (June 2017)
92 Points - Wine & Spirits
The Phelps Family was one of the first to bring Pinot Noir to the cool hills around Freestone, when they planted on the site of an old dairy farm in 1999 Those vines grew a 2014 that smells delicious, like bay leaves and crushed wild blackberries. The fruit has a spicy verve that holds out against the constricting grip of the oak - it's a powerful coastal Pinot Noir. (Apr. 2017)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards (51% Pastorale Vineyard and 49% Quarter Moon Vineyard).
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates August 28 - September 19, 2014
Aging/Cooperage 14 months in 35% new and 65% two-year-old French oak barrels.