2015 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.
92 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Having seen 19% whole cluster, the 2015 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard has a medium ruby-purple color and nose of red cherries and black raspberries with hints of wild thyme, forest floor, lavender and moss. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and finely grained, with intense earth and red berry flavors, as well as a long finish. -LPB (2017)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards (58% Pastorale Vineyard and 42% Quarter Moon Vineyard).
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates August 12 - September 10, 2015
Aging/Cooperage Thirteen months in 41% new and 59% two-year-old French oak barrels