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The White House

We are honored that the White House featured our Ryo-fu Chardonnay at a recent State Dinner welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. Reveal more

Akiko Freeman

LE.PAN: The small Sonoma winery with Asian ambitions; “We don’t manipulate anything. We just try to grow the best fruit and bring out the best of it. That’s our philosophy.” Reveal more


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Wines & Vines
Freeman donates redwood forest

Ken and Akiko Freeman, owner of Freeman Vineyard and Winery, Sebastopol, donated 22 acres of old growth and second growth forests in Occidental to the Bodega Land trust. Nearby, it will plant about 11 acres in its new Freeman Ranch vineyard to five clones of Pinot Noir and a small amount of Chardonnay. The property is located approximately 1,200 feet, with steep slopes, Goldridge soil and a south-eastern exposure.


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Wine Enthusiast
Wine for Vegetarian

Wine recommendation: Earthy mushrooms and garlic are a natural match for Pinot Noir; try 2006 Freeman "Akiko's Cuvee" Pinot Noir from the cool Sonoma coast, which has many layer of flavor that will complement the tart.


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95 Points - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch Vineyard 2006

MAKE ROOM IN THE CELLAR!
"Big and rich…"
Medium-deep ruby color; complex spice, rose and cherry aromas; rich and ripe with a core of juicy cherry fruit; spicy and sweet oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Big and rich, this bottling has the core of juicy fruit I find in most wines from Keefer Ranch. The 2006 seems to have bit more tannin and will reward some cellar patience. Keefer Ranch is located in the Russian River Valley roughly west of the town of Graton, on Green Valley School Road.


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95 Points - Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Akiko's Cuvee 2006

MAKE ROOM IN THE CELLAR!
"Delicate and elegant…"
Medium-deep ruby color; deep, black cherry, plum and spice aromas; full, rich and complex black cherry, spice, tea and earthy notes, intense flavors; sweet oak; some tannin; great structure and balance; long finish. Delicate and elegant, yet there's plenty of power in the 2006 Akiko's as well as a delicious core of fruit. A blend of lots from nine vineyards.


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92 Points - Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006

SMART BUY!
"Rich and ripe…"
Medium-deep ruby color; spicy cherry aromas; lush and rich with red cherry, cinnamon, spice flavors and sweet oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich and ripe, this Russian River bottling is delicious and approachable now.