Freeman Gloria Estate Pinot Noir 2021
We’re happy to report that 2021 was a smoke-free vintage for all of coastal California, and the first vintage since 2016 that brought virtually no wildfires in Sonoma wine country. This was a stark contrast to 2020, when the entire county’s vineyards were threatened by smoke. After an excellent 2021 growing season at Gloria, we brought in a healthy crop in late August—the first Pinot Noir of the harvest season for Freeman.
Although Gloria is the first vineyard we harvest each year, it is almost always the ripest Pinot Noir in our lineup. The 2021 vintage continues the trend. Dense purple in color, the 2021 Gloria Pinot Noir presents aromas of wild raspberries, black walnuts and toasty oak. These aromas directly reflect the wine’s flavors, with the addition of crème de cassis. The 2021 Gloria has plenty of tannin on the palate, and when its prominent acidity is factored in, the wine should age for more than a decade. Try it in late 2023 or lay it down to enjoy through at least 2035