The first taste of the 2009 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir gives a preview of just how complex this wine becomes in the glass. The aromas range from floral and spice to deep, ripe berry fruits. There’s a very dense palate impression, unlike any of our Keefers since the 2005. At the same time, the acidity in the ’09 is bright, and predicts this wine will age very well for years to come. Lay the 2009 Freeman Keefer down until 2012, and it should start to reach its full potential from that point through 2018.
The 2009 Freeman Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is reminiscent of our very soft, lush and immediately enjoyable ’04 RRV. The bright nose of Bing cherries and rhubarb is followed on the palate by plenty of ripe and chewy raspberry fruit flavors. In fact, this wine is drinking so well now it’s difficult to recommend laying it down for too long. This said, a little patience will likely be rewarded. We believe the optimum timeframe for the ’09 Russian River is between 2012 and 2017.