2010 Freeman, Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast.
Last year this wine was one of the best deals around, but I think this 2010 goes a step beyond and is far more pleasing and lovely, kudos to Ken and Akiko Freeman Freeman and Ed Kurtzman their winemaker/consultant for making a beautiful and vibrant Pinot is a difficult vintage. Kurtzman, who also makes Roar, August West and Sandler has again raised his game and found a sublime balance in this wine that shows bright fruit, sweet perfume and round silky richness. The nose shows rose petals and hints of violets with touches of smoke, vanilla and tangy red fruits leading to a palate of raspberry, black cherry and fresh plums, while tea spices and cranberry play in the background. The acidity is lifting and gives vigor and focus and the sweet toasty oak plays perfectly with the whole and everything comes together in seamless layers. Drink over the next 3 or 4 years, and be rewarded.
($44 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
Release April 1, 2012