Freeman KR Pinot Noir 2018
If there’s one vineyard that made it through the region’s five-year period of drought and early harvests without much variation in crop size or quality, it was KR Ranch. 2018 was the most incredible growing season we’ve seen in decades, and KR showed off its remarkable consistency with yet another year of excellent fruit. After a slightly smaller crop in 2017 due to the heat wave, the 2018 yield was back to normal. This was also one of the first years that our KR Ranch blend included a higher percentage
of the Dijon 777 clone than Swiss 23, when it’s usually a 50-50 split, or a higher percentage of 23.
The color on the 2018 KR Ranch Pinot Noir is darker than usual, possibly the result of the vintage’s longer hang time. KR is normally a little shy on the nose at first, but the rose petal and cranberry fragrances eventually reveal themselves. The wine has plenty of acidity on the palate—the highest of all of our 2018 Russian River Pinots. Along with rich, bright fruit, the wine has an elegant mouthfeel and round tannins. This vintage should be at its best from 2021 through 2029.