The Freestone area is one of the coolest regions in the sprawling Sonoma Coast. Acidity marks this bone-dry, elegant wine. It tastes like somebody gave a squirt of lime to the cherry, raspberry, cola, persimmon, pomegranate and sandalwood flavors. Seems like a natural for the cellar. Drink 2012–2016.
An intriguing Pinot Noir that shows the possibilities of this cool-climate, southwestern Sonoma region. The wine has been well-oaked, but it’s powerful enough to carry that coating of caramel and char, with a massive palate explosion of puréed ripe cherries, red currants and sweet rhubarb pie. Delicious now with decanting, and should do interesting things over the…
This is a hugely flavored, extracted Pinot Noir, distinctly Californian in its ripeness and size. It’s massive in cherries and raspberries, with hints of cocoa, anise, Indian spices and black pepper. With 60% new French oak, it’s also pretty toasty. A bit ungainly now, but should gain in the cellar. Better after 2013.
Nice and crisp in coastal acidity, with a delightfully silky texture and ripe flavors of cherries, pomegranates, rhubarb, cedar and pepper spice. Tastes a little sugary toward the finish.