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Elegant, balanced wines find their essence at the intersection of provenance, inspiration and artistry. Though a wine will only ever be as good as the vineyards it comes from, the wisdom of nature can be nurtured and gently accentuated. At Freeman, every wine is intimately made by hand in small lots. As many as 50 individual clonal fermentations are managed each vintage to make just six Pinot Noirs. The focus is exclusively on cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and total production is kept below 5,000 cases to ensure that every bottling receives the love and attention it deserves.

2017 Gloria Estate Pinot Noir

Gloria is Freeman’s estate vineyard, located just next to the winery. Ken and Akiko Freeman acquired this site, previously an apple orchard, in 2005 and began planting it the following year. They named the vineyard for Hurricane Gloria, the fortuitous (for them, at least) meteorological event that first brought them together in 1985.

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2017 Hawk Hill Chardonnay

In 15 vintages of making Freeman Chardonnay, this is only the second time we’ve produced a single-vineyard bottling; that’s how special this vineyard is. Owners Margaret and Bill Yarak do a brilliant job of farming Hawk Hill. With the help of Arturo Robledo and Greg Adams, all their hard work and attention to detail is apparent from the moment you pull the cork.

Very attractive, lightly spiced poached-pear aromas with a smoothly rendered palate that carries a very neatly held, fresh lemon and apple finish in upbeat style.

James Suckling
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2017 KR Ranch Pinot Noir

From 2004 through 2015, Freeman made a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from Keefer Ranch in the Russian River Valley. The Dutton family took over the management of this famous block in 2016, and we came up with a new name for it: KR Ranch. The property sits in the center of the Green Valley, located in the southern and western parts of the Russian River Valley. This area is much cooler than those at the appellation’s northern end, so it is ideally suited to growing Pinot Noir.

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2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

This was a drought-busting vintage for the Russian River Valley. The winter of 2016–2017 was one of the wettest on record, fortifying the vines with deep, soaking rains. Perfect spring and summer weather led us to believe we’d be back to “normal” with a late September harvest—something we hadn’t seen since 2012—but two major heat waves at the end of August accelerated ripening and altered picking dates dramatically.

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2017 Ryo-fu Chardonnay

Ryo-fu is Japanese for “cool breeze,” a fitting name for this Russian River Valley Chardonnay shaped by the chilly winds that come off the Pacific Ocean. Our local ryo-fu, along with the region’s famous fog and sandy soils, create ideal growing conditions for this Chardonnay.

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