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Freeman Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch 2008

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Freeman's only vineyard-designated Pinot Noir comes from Marcy Keefer's ranch located in the Russian River Valley, on Green Valley School Road. The Russian River Valley is a broad appellation in Sonoma County with quite a few areas of different microclimates. It is warm enough in the northern part for grapes like Zinfandel and Cabernet, but in the southern and western parts, the Russian River Valley is much cooler, and is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir. Keefer Ranch sits in the center the Green Valley, which has always been considered one of California's ideal spots for Pinot Noir. Marcy, her son Craig, and their small crew hand-farm the Keefer Ranch year round with no outside help at all. The Keefer Ranch sat through some very cold nights and mornings in the spring of 2008, and there was considerable frost damage. Even the clone 23, which normally produces a large crop, was down quite a bit in '08. As winemakers, we don't mind smaller than normal yields because they typically lead to fully ripe and concentrated wines. The great, but short, heat wave of August 2008 brought the Keefer Ranch Pinot to the doorstep of ripeness, but once the weather cooled down, we got another two weeks of hang time before the picking decision was made. We received the Dijon clone 777 about one week before the Swiss clone 23, which is a normal ripening gap between those two blocks. The 2008 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir is reminiscent of the soft and fruity 2007 version. There's a beautiful nose of rhubarb, black cherries, spicy oak and cola that seems to change every time you pick up the glass. On the palate, the texture is seductive with perfect acidity and very pleasant cranberry and cherry flavors. The finish is long with toasty oak and fruit. We anticipate the best drinking window to be from 2011 to 2015 for the '08 Freeman Keefer.

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Freeman Vineyard & Winery:
Freeman Vineyard & Winery is the fruition of a 20-year dream shared by Ken and Akiko Freeman to craft elegant cool climate California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a sophisticated, Burgundian style. With a passion for fine wine and contemporary cooking’s wealth of exotic flavors, the Freemans strive to create wines with the depth and character to pair seamlessly with the abundance of modern, glo... Read more
Freeman Vineyard & Winery is the fruition of a 20-year dream shared by Ken and Akiko Freeman to craft elegant cool climate California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a sophisticated, Burgundian style. With a passion for fine wine and contemporary cooking’s wealth of exotic flavors, the Freemans strive to create wines with the depth and character to pair seamlessly with the abundance of modern, global cuisine. Believing in the vast potential of the Sonoma Coast to produce wines of complexity and refinement, after years of searching for the ideal site, the Freemans discovered a beautiful small winery in the picturesque Russian River Valley town of Sebastopol. Guided by the old winemaking adage that "wine is made in the vineyard,” the Freemans researched and visited over 200 individual vineyards, searching for hillside locations with coastal fog, Goldridge soil, proper clonal selection and stressed vines producing extremely low yields of nuanced fruit. The end result was Freeman Vineyard & Winery’s small portfolio of partner vineyards, including such renowned growers as Ted Klopp of Klopp Ranch, Marcy Keefer of Keefer Ranch, Charlie Heintz of Heintz Ranch and Dennis and Mary Black of Black Emerald Vineyard. Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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07/03/2011

Lighter, rather nondescript nose. On the palate, lush strawberry and a hint of blueberry. A pinot of delicate, pretty fruit flavors. Much more feminine style pinot. - Tasted at winery Feb 2011



Freeman's only vineyard-designated Pinot Noir comes from Marcy Keefer's ranch located in the Russian River Valley, on Green Valley School Road. The Russian River Valley is a broad appellation in Sonoma County with quite a few areas of different microclimates. It is warm enough in the northern part for grapes like Zinfandel and Cabernet, but in the southern and western parts, the Russian River Valley is much cooler, and is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir. Keefer Ranch sits in the center the Green Valley, which has always been considered one of California's ideal spots for Pinot Noir. Marcy, her son Craig, and their small crew hand-farm the Keefer Ranch year round with no outside help at all. The Keefer Ranch sat through some very cold nights and mornings in the spring of 2008, and there was considerable frost damage. Even the clone 23, which normally produces a large crop, was down quite a bit in '08. As winemakers, we don't mind smaller than normal yields because they typically lead to fully ripe and concentrated wines. The great, but short, heat wave of August 2008 brought the Keefer Ranch Pinot to the doorstep of ripeness, but once the weather cooled down, we got another two weeks of hang time before the picking decision was made. We received the Dijon clone 777 about one week before the Swiss clone 23, which is a normal ripening gap between those two blocks. The 2008 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir is reminiscent of the soft and fruity 2007 version. There's a beautiful nose of rhubarb, black cherries, spicy oak and cola that seems to change every time you pick up the glass. On the palate, the texture is seductive with perfect acidity and very pleasant cranberry and cherry flavors. The finish is long with toasty oak and fruit. We anticipate the best drinking window to be from 2011 to 2015 for the '08 Freeman Keefer.

750 ml = 445 cases 1.5 L = 17 cases produced.

Aged 11 months in French Oak.

Notes: 11 Months • 35% new • 39% one year-old • 26% two year-old French Oak


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