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2016 Free James, Pinot Noir

Facts of Note

HISTORY

First site for bud break

FERMENTATION

43% whole cluster

VINEYARD

Last site to be picked

Dating back to the California Gold Rush, the quaint town of Freestone marks a significant time when Pinot Noir cuttings made their way to Sonoma County.  Named after a quarry of sandstone in the area, the AVA is one of the most demanding growing regions.  Boasting extremely cool weather, wind and rain alongside the relentless local wildlife, yields from these blocks are minimal but intense. Embracing the spirit of some of the first settlers; James McIntosh, James Dawson and James Black, we have accepted the challenge to produce Pinot Noir from this area that will stand the test of time. 

2016 Free James Sonoma Coast - Kosta Browne Winery



Vineyard
Details

Vineyard
Freestone
Clones
828, 459, 115
Orientation
Mixed Orientation
Trellising
VSP
Soil
Goldridge

Technical
Details

Fermentation
84% concrete / 10% wood / 6% stainless steel / 43% whole cluster
Oak
35% new French oak / 20% new Austrian oak / 15% concrete / aged 14 months
Alcohol
13.9%

Tasting
Notes

Nose: Aromas of fennel, cinnamon and Herbs de Provence meld with notes of brambleberry pie and rose water perfume.

Mouth: Large, round tannins that draw across the palate.