2016 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
Winemaker Notes This latest vintage of Pinot Noir has a pleasing bouquet of plum, black currant, baking spices and sweet vanilla. Fresh and focused with silky, textural layers of ripe raspberry, black cherry, dried herbs and tangerine peel culminating in a long, elegant finish.
Winemaking Data Grapes are picked during the cool pre-dawn hours under lights and sorted before being gravity fed to tank for a long natural fermentation using an overall average of 17% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs produced a wine with silky texture, elegant structure and a distinctive Freestone spice character prevalent throughout the western edge of the Sonoma Coast.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Sonoma Coast growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in an early bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. The 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, especially in August and September, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the Pinot Noir blocks.
93 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard leaps from the glass with an intense perfume of violets, redcurrants and black cherries with hints of black pepper, lavender, cinnamon stick and black tea. The palate is medium-bodied and very elegant yet wonderfully intense with a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and fragrant. -LPB (June 2018)
93 Points - James Suckling
Very attractive baking spices and gently toasty oak across ripe raspberries and strawberries with light savory baking spices and bergamot. The palate has a bright crunchy red cherry-berry core. Tannins are succulent and the freshness is alluring. Drink or hold. -JS (May 2018)
93 Points | Year's Best US Pinot Noirs - Wine & Spirits
The vines deliver a wine that’s fresh, with crisp lines. Spicy edges in the tannins keep it firm and tight, then it ends on notes of cranberries and cool hints of jasmine. (April 2019)
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards, this fragrant, nuanced red offers lots of darker cherry, macerated strawberries, forest floor, and sweet spice-laced aromatics. It’s medium-bodied, supple, and straight-up delicious on the palate, with tons to love. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years. (Jan. 2019)
92 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Succulent red cherry, plum, cola and spice notes are pushed forward in the 2016 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards. The 2016 is an undeniably beautiful and well-made wine... The dense fruit and powerful tannins might come as a surprise to readers who expect this to be an entry-level wine in the range. -AG (July 2018)
91 Points, 2 Stars - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
A very nicely constructed wine with impeccable varietal credentials in its black cherry, very mildly sweet plum first notes, this wine has more than enough suppleness to its texture to make friends today yet the wine’s underlying firmness makes a case for three to six years of patience while it develops more of Pinot’s velvety feel. Along the way, both creamy oak and hints of spice add to its charms. (Sept. 2018)
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 31 - September 21, 2016
Aging/Cooperage Thirteen months in 38% new and 62% two-year-old French oak barrels