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pof Oct 12, 2007 03:20 PM

My friends and are spending a day in the Russian River Valley/Healdsburg area. We have an opportunity to do a tour/tasting at Freeman. We do like Pinots. If we go there we will have to forgo other places, Lynmar and Moshin. Is Freeman worth it?

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  1. Paul H RE: pof Oct 12, 2007 05:46 PM

    Freeman winery is by appointment only, makes small quantities of elegant pinot noir and chardonnay, and is run by talented and extremely friendly folks (whom, I need to divulge, I know well). If you are interested in tasting some very well-crafted wine, presented by the folks who made it and who will enthusiastically talk to you about it, visit Freeman. If you want more of a traditional visit with vineyard views and glitz, go with your other two choices (I also think that Lynmar is making very good wine now).

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      pof RE: Paul H Oct 17, 2007 05:31 PM

      Paul,

      I made an appointment at Feeman and decided to do all 3 wineries. Thanks!

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        SteveG RE: Paul H Oct 19, 2007 12:18 PM

        Agree on Lynmar. I recently had a few bottles of it at a dinner hosted by a good friend, and I was surprised to see it is being made in Sonoma County--if I were to guess by style, I would have said it's much more like the better Willamette Valley offerings than what we found everywhere but at Joseph Swan on a recent Sonoma Country trip. Nicely balanced, good complexity, not overripe, went extremely well with food. I just checked the winery web site, and they use a range of Dijon and Pomard clones, along with some Swan Selection and other Pinot clonal selections. I really appreciate the complexity the wine has as a result of their careful vineyard management, since many other producers in the area will just plant one or two of the fruitier Dijon clones because it's easier to manage that way and will generate good yields.

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        whiner RE: pof Oct 18, 2007 01:52 AM

        Yes, Freeman is worth it. But get in touch with Ed Kurtzman from August West. Ask him ifhe is going to be the one giving you the tasting at Freeman and if not ask if he can give you some tastes of August West wines and of his Zin called Sandler. (Ed makes Freeman and also makes those other wines at the Freeman property.)

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          pof RE: whiner Oct 18, 2007 02:51 AM

          Eric, the asst winemaker at Freeman, is giving the tour. Should I ask him?

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            whiner RE: pof Oct 18, 2007 03:53 AM

            Eric is a good guy. I met him once. But I don't think he is involved with August West and deffinitely not Sandler. I would e-mail Ed (info@augustwestwine.com) letting him know when you are going to be there and asking if he might be around before or after or else if maybe he could make some August West or Sandler available for you to taste when you get there... or maybe he could just tell Eric to give you some barrel samples...

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              pof RE: whiner Oct 19, 2007 11:12 AM

              Thanks so much!! We are now in Ca (from NJ). I will e-mail him.

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                pof RE: pof Oct 27, 2007 09:34 PM

                Just got back. Eric said Augest West not there anymore so we just tasted Freeman. We enjoyed their pinots and Eric was very nice. It was a fun time. Lynmar also very good and a pretty place. Bought wines from both places. Moshin had a very nice tasting experience but I did not like any of their wines.

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                  whiner RE: pof Oct 28, 2007 01:21 AM

                  Glad you liked it...

                  HUMF! Ed moved wihtout telling me! Oh, well, I guess the last time I was up there was in February... ;-)

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