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Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: The 2002 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir exhibits ripe black cherry flavors with an underlying toastiness provided by the 50% new French oak barrels in which it was aged 15 months. Each of the two vineyards which make up the blend provides its unique characteristics to the wine. The Thomas Road Vineyard gives the wine a dense backbone of earthy Pinot fruit, while the Meredith Estate Vineyard endows the blend with an intensely fruity aroma profile and supple texture. Although it will be hard to resist the 2002 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir upon its release, it will undoubtedly age, soften and improve through 2007.

Varietal Definition
Pinot Noir:
The name is derived from the French words for ‘pine’ and ‘black’ alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. By volume most Pinot Noir in America is grown in California with Oregon coming in second. Other regions are Washington State and New York.During 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Pinot Noir became considerably more popular amongst consumers in the United States, possibly because of the movie Sideways. Being lighter in style, it has benefited from a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines. It is the delicate, subtle, complex and elegant nature of this wine that encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. Robert Parker has described Pinot Noir: "When it's great, Pinot Noir produces the most complex, hedonistic, and remarkably thrilling red wine in the world."


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