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Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Wine Details

Description: The vintage of 2003 produced many, rich full-bodied Pinot Noirs across California, and the Freeman Sonoma Coast is no exception. The 2003 harvest for Freeman started on September 18th and ended two days later on the 20th in the middle of a two week heat wave. The extreme temperatures pushed the Sonoma Coast fruit to some of its ripest levels on record. Comprised of Pinot Noir from 3 vineyards of various clones and exposures, the 2003 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of blackberries, coffee and oak. A huge mouth feel filled with ripe fruits and chocolate leads to a long, toasty finish. This wine should drink well between 2005 and 2010.

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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