Freeman

Freeman


When I visited the Freemans last year, it wasn`t just the beauty of their redwood-ringed estate that impressed me, or how remote it seems if (as I did) you take the back road from Napa over the Mayacamas Mountains. I was particularly struck by how Burgundian the Pinots seemed this time round, even as they retained all their hedonistic Californian fruit. And as for the 2015 Ryo-Fu Chardonnay, which I tasted first at the winery and later at the Freemans` local in Sebastopol where they keep a keg on tap, I was entirely seduced by the textbook combination of crystalline fruit, creamy mid-palate and fresh finish.

Founded in 2001, Freeman is the fruition of Ken and Akiko Freeman`s longstanding belief that California is capable of producing Pinot Noir every bit as complex, age-worthy and eloquent as the world`s best. They visited hundreds of sites and potential growers before settling on the hillside estate they now occupy. They have built long-term relationships with some top growers across Sonoma for reliable sources of high quality fruit, and their estate vineyard Gloria (planted entirely with heritage clones) has come of age, and is now into its third vintage. (NT 04/01/18)

`This is the most consistent set of wines I have tasted so far from Ken and Akiko Freeman. Every wine in the range is well worth taking a look at. Freeman makes wines from the Estate site in Russian River Valley and also sources fruit from several other well known nearby properties. The wines are done in a forward succulent style that balances the natural generosity of the Russian River with a real sense of finesse and restraint. With each passing vintage Akiko Freeman shows more confidence, and that is evident in these wines.` - Antonio Galloni, March 2017

To read a short interview with Akiko click here.

Vintage Description Cs Sz Bt Sz Cs Bts Cs ib Cs inc Bt inc
2016 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Akiko`s Cuvee
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12x 75cl 5 11 £450.00 £572.14 £53.95 Buy
2017 drink or keep Freeman Chardonnay Ryo-fu Russian River
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12x 75cl 5 2 £330.00 £428.14 £39.95 Buy
2014 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Gloria
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12x 37.5cl 1 2 £225.00 £301.66 £26.95 Buy
2015 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Gloria
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12x 75cl 0 1 £405.00 £518.14 £48.95 Buy
2016 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Gloria
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12x 75cl 2 0 £420.00 £536.14 £49.95 Buy
2017 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
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12x 75cl 16 7 £330.00 £428.14 £39.95 Buy
2016 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Yu-Ki
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12x 75cl 8 2 £420.00 £536.14 £49.95 Buy
2016 drink or keep Freeman Pinot Noir Yu-Ki
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12x 37.5cl 4 0 £240.00 £304.07 £28.95 Buy