Freeman Pinot Noir Sonoma County Akiko's Cuvée 2007
Each vintage since our inaugural 2002, Freeman has released an Akiko's Cuvée. Akiko and Ken Freeman, with winemaker Ed Kurtzman and assistant winemaker Eric Buffington, taste each barrel of Pinot in the winery from that vintage and choose their favorites. Then, each person's top barrels are put together in a blend (or cuvée), and we subsequently taste each of the blends, blind, so that no one knows whose favorite barrels are in which blend. We call this Akiko’s Cuvée since her blend always wins this blind tasting. In the 2007 Akiko’s, each of the 9 Pinot Noir vineyards from which Freeman sources fruit is represented. For the second year in a row, the top vineyards in the blend were from the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast and Russian River. This region lies to the south of the Bodega Highway, just west of Sebastopol. Ted Klopp’s Thorn Ridge Vineyard and the Rayhill Vineyard make up 47% of the ‘07 Akiko’s. Another excellent Sebastopol Hills site, Jim Pratt’s Sexton Road Vineyard, added another 17% to the mix. Then a rookie year vineyard, Morris Ranch, located in the Petaluma Gap area, contributed 15% to the final wine. After Morris in terms of percentage is the Guidici Vineyard. This is right across the street from Freeman’s new vineyard near Occidental. Horse Ridge, another newcomer for Freeman in ’07, comes in next at 5%. Rounding out the 2007 Akiko’s were Freeman favorites Connell, O’Connor and Keefer. In contrast to the atypically flamboyant 2006 version, the ’07 Akiko’s is back to its more demure and elegantly sophisticated self. As such, it takes a little bit of time and aeration to bring out this wine’s lovely nose of ripe plums, Bing cherries and light toast. The palate is “classic” 2007 in its soft, supple richness and underlying fruit. We always recommend laying down the Akiko's Cuvée for a few years to allow it to evolve and open up. Expect the 2007 vintage to hit its stride sometime in 2011 and last well through 2016.
Editorial Reviews for Freeman Pinot Noir Sonoma County Akiko's Cuvée
Gorgeous nose, full of women’s perfume, underbrush, nutmeg, earth, sapwood, wild berries, and licorice root with wonderful intensity. On entry this is pretty big and a touch matte like a sandwich of acid with fruit serving as the bread. It’s packed with succulent fruit gently edged with spicy cinnamon and nutmeg tones though the fruit gently release the acid adding lift to the mineral laden wild raspberry fruit on the mid-palate. This needs another year to really open up but has all the ingredients to be a stunner. It ends with a subtle persistence, like the waves on the bay continuously grinding ashore. 94pts
Seared cherry fruit, beetroot, parsnip and lightly toasted wood greets the nose, to be joined by a touch of persimmon and some dried floral tones. This is smooth as silk and elegant on entry, though by no means meek. It delivers vivid, bright, expressive flavors of wild cherry framed with soft, well-judged notes of spice, herbs, and a gentle mineral backdrop. The balance is excellent: supple yet with a firm spine that offers nice cut on the backend and onto the long, succulently fruity finish. With time the mid-palate gains a nice aromatic quality, adding a touch of violet pastille to the array of floral notes, and the flavors gain the quality of sweet fruit without an impression of sweetness. There’s a touch of oak that emerges on the finish but it only adds to the complexity. This is singing today. 93pts
Really great aroma, comforting, molasses and pear fruit. Relaxing
Juicy ripe cherry aromas front for a rustic palate full of tar and tree bark and earth. Finishes clean, even though there's an earthy bite.
Cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, berries on the nose. Nice clean finish with a touch of acidity. Very good!
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440 cases 750ml, 23 cases 1.5L produced.
Aged 10 months in French Oak.
Notes: 10 months in 100% French oak, 52% new, 48% one, two and three year old barrels