Freeman Vineyard & Winery was founded by Ken and Akiko Freeman in 2001, but the seed was planted 16 years earlier. Those who have visited Freeman’s picturesque winery in the Russian River Valley often ask about the keystone engraved with the date September 28, 1985, which crowns the entrance to the wine cave. The answer recalls a moment that is at the heart of the Freeman story.
In 1985, while crewing a yacht on its way to the Caribbean, Ken was forced by Hurricane Gloria to head to port near his hometown of Scarsdale, N.Y., where a friend happened to be hosting a lively party. Amidst the jeans and t-shirts of the storm-bound revelers, Ken saw Akiko, newly arrived in the United States from Japan and beautifully attired in a Chanel dress. He was smitten. The date was September 28, 1985. The rest is history…
Freeman 2021 Chardonnay “Hawk Hill Ranch” Sonoma Coast
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Aromas of peaches and ripe apples give way to lush flavors of Anjou Pears with a touch of butter and a whiff of Chablis-like acidity. This is a slightly assertive and smooth wine, with lighter alcohol than many, it is rich in texture, nicely concentrated, and backs up butterscotch and marzipan flavors with good acidity for balance. Long finish! Small production
Winery Notes: “With a nose of white peaches, nutmeg, and Fuji apples, this brilliantly clear and very light straw-colored Chardonnay drinks like a Chablis from a ripe year in France. The crisp acidity and stone fruit flavors are enticing and evolve with air to reveal a wonderful yet subtle caramel component. The finish is incredibly long with plenty of fruit and refreshing tartness.
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