2008 Sonoma Coast Vineyards "Freestone Hills" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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94 points and a "Cellar Selection" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "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." (Nov. 2010) 91 points from the International Wine Review: "We prefer the 2008 Freestone Hills to the 2007 vintage. Medium dark ruby in color, it offers attractive aromatic aromas of pure dark red berry fruit and toasted oak notes. It is elegant and beautifully balanced on the palate with fresh pure red fruit flavors, polished tannins, good acidity and an incredibly long and flavorful finish. The grapes were sourced from three vineyards: Petersen Vineyard, Bella Sonoma Vineyard, and Balistreri Family Vineyard. Aged for 18 months in barrel." (September 2010)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2010 | Send Email
Now and again I come across wines that really make me think. Wines that are contemplative and almost difficult to grasp. At other times I taste certain wines and they just click instantly, they are simply delish and I really don’t have to think much about them at all. The 2008 Sonoma Coast Vineyards "Freestone Hills" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a wine placed firmly in the latter category. From the moment I smelled this wine I knew that is was going to be one of wines that people wanted to drink by the bottle, no sharing. Packed with boisterous aromas of nutmeg, sassafrass and black cherry this is sure to please. Soft and yet with nice life on the palate this has a ton of red fruit intensity, some earth tanbark flavors and plenty of cassis ripeness. Wrapped up in solid oak/spice framing and with focused linear acidity this is pure pleasure to drink right now, although you could wait on it if that is your game.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2