Freeman, Russian River Pinot Noir 2015
Usually Freeman’s Gloria Estate Vineyard makes up the largest part of our Russian River Valley Pinot blend, but in 2015, there was only enough for Gloria’s own Estate bottling. The vineyards that did make it into the Russian River blend are Keefer Ranch, Pratt Vineyard and Connell Vineyard.
The Keefer Ranch has been a part of every Freeman Russian River Valley Pinot Noir since 2004. We source clones 23 and 777 at Keefer, one of the only sites we work with that saw a close to normal-sized crop in 2015. Freeman has been getting Pratt Vineyards’ clone 2A Pinot since 2005. This fruit alternates between going into our Sonoma Coast Pinot or the Russian River Valley blend, where it worked best in 2015. Sally and Brian Connell’s vineyard on Grange Road contributed some of their Pommard 115 and 667 clones to this year’s Russian River Valley Pinot as well.
The concentration of the 2015 vintage shows up in our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. It’s usually among our most open and ready to drink wines; but for two years in a row, the RRV has been a deep, dense Pinot that requires some time to reveal itself. A muted nose of wood strawberries, raspberries and wild mushrooms leads to a palate that first displays lush fruit, then deepens to show solid structure and promising ageability. A subtle, incredibly long finish follows. Give this wine until 2018 to open up and through 2026 to be at its peak." - Winery's notes