Each vintage since our inaugural 2002, Freeman has released an Akiko's Cuvée. Akiko and Ken Freeman, with winemaker Ed Kurtzman and assistant winemaker Eric Buffington, taste each barrel of Pinot in the winery from that vintage and choose their favorites. Then, each person's top barrels are put together in a blend (or cuvée), and we subsequently taste each of the blends, blind, so that no one knows whose favorite barrels are in which blend. We call this Akiko's Cuvée since her blend always wins this blind tasting. In the 2007 Akiko's, each of the 9 Pinot Noir vineyards from which Freeman sources fruit is represented.
In contrast to the atypically flamboyant 2006 version, the '07 Akiko's is back to its more demure and elegantly sophisticated self. As such, it takes a little bit of time and aeration to bring out this wine's lovely nose of ripe plums, Bing cherries and light toast. The palate is "classic" 2007 in its soft, supple richness and underlying fruit. We always recommend laying down the Akiko's Cuvée for a few years to allow it to evolve and open up. Expect the 2007 vintage to hit its stride sometime in 2011 and last well through 2016.
Wine AdvocateSweet cherry and Christmas spice-like scents soar from the glass of the fragrant, dark ruby-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Akiko's Cuvee. With abundant fruit and elegance as well as medium body and a distinctive earthy, smoky, kirsch-like character, this wine should drink well for 5-6 years.