Set above the town of Occidental, Yu-ki Estate is located just five miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,000 feet. It was named for Akiko’s nephew in Japan. One translation of Yu-ki is “big tree,” which is a fitting name for a property surrounded by old-growth redwoods. It was planted with the Freeman heritage and Dijon Pinot Noir clones, and to preserve the property’s majestic redwoods – The Freemans donated 22 acres to the Bodega Land Trust.
Freeman 2016 “Yu-ki” Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
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A powerful, layered fruit character gives this medium- to full-bodied wine great focus, depth and length. Its core of black berry, currant and cherry is lightly accented by black tea and clove for an almost mysterious mix that is compelling to sip. A brisk texture of fine-grained tannins and nervy acidity completes this superbly balanced and well structured wine.
Vinous 95 Points: “The 2016 Pinot Noir Yu-ki Estate is absolutely gorgeous. Perfumed, textured and wonderfully inviting, this mid-weight, gracious wine nicely captures Akiko Freeman’s style. It is also one of the best wines I have tasted here.”
Wine Spectator 96 Points: “From an elevated (1000 ft.) coastal site, this is a super fine, fragrant and finely detailed pinot that has plenty of red cherries and strawberries with wild herbs and fresh, red-rose perfume. Really striking. The palate has ultrafine, layered and elegant tannins that deliver a superbly focused, fine, red-fruit impression with clarity, length and freshness. This is great pinot noir. Drink or hold.”
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