2009 Freeman Akiko’s Cuvee Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $56. A blend of primarily cooler sites carefully chosen by Akiko Freeman, winemaker Ed Kurtzman and associate winemaker Eric Buffington. 41% Guidici, 29% Sexton, 12% Rayhill, 6% Thorn Ridge, 6% Bacigalupi and 6% Springhill vineyards. Aged 11 months in 41% new, 35% 1 year-old and 24% 2 year-old French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A cherry bombast on the nose with baking spices playing a supporting role. Elegant and seductive on the palate with a lengthy, crisp and aromatic finish. Very good (+). Reviewed March 12, 2011

Winery: Freeman Vineyard & Winery
From article: Blast from 2011 World of Pinot Noir