Freestone Vineyards produces some of the finest cool climate wines along the Sonoma Coast. Last year we visited winemaker Theresa Heredia at the winery, located just five miles from the cold Pacific on the real Sonoma Coast. We tasted barrel samples of the 2008 Pinot Noir, and at the time Theresa expressed some concern about how the unusual September 2008 heat spikes would affect the wine. We’re happy to report that based on the tasting of the new release reported here, there’s no cause for concern. Freestone continues its track record of producing excellent quality wines, thanks in no small part to the skills of its winemaking team. Our report on the barrel samples can be found here.
Freestone Vineyards 2009 Fog Dog Chardonnay Sonoma Coast ($35) 90+
The 2009 Fog Dog Chardonnay exhibits a medium yellow hue and offers lovely aromas of melon, orchard fruit, toast and hints of vanilla. On the palate it is crisp and clean with good flavor concentration, medium high acidity, and a long persistent toast note on the finish. The Fog Dog is one of several delicious Chardonnays produced by Freestone Vineyards. The fruit for the Fog Dog Chardonnay comes from the Pastorale vineyard.
Freestone Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($55) 91
The Freestone Pinot Noir is a very fragrant cool climate Pinot Noir, medium ruby in color offering pure fruit with rich aromas of plum and toast. It is soft on the attack with medium weight and beautifully balanced and structured. It has an elegant mouth feel and a long persistent finish. This is only one of several fine Pinots produced by this estate. The fruit for this wine is sourced from the Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyards. The wine is aged 14 months in used oak barrels.