Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County

Vintage: 2018
Description: 96 points Wine Enthusiast. From a majority of estate-grown grapes and percentage of grower fruit, this impressive wine is juicy, textured, layered and lengthy. With a cool-climate crispness at its foundation, it unfurls lovely flavors of dark plum, wild strawberry and orange peel, finishing in a touch of nutmeg. (vb) (7/2020) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Pale ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards has alluring aromas of dried lavender and bergamot, aniseed, blood orange and amaro-like accents with a core of perfectly ripe red and black berry fruits. The palate is light-bodied, silky, soft and juicy but packed with nuanced flavor layers, and it finishes incredibly long. What an elegant, layered expression this vintage! This was aged 13 months in 39% new French oak. (eb) (9/2020) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck. Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards saw just a touch of stems (16%) and 13 months in 39% new French oak. Lots of mulled red and black fruits, flowery incense, a kiss of cola, and earth all emerge from this medium-bodied, rounded, brilliantly put together Pinot Noir. As seamless and gulpable as they come, it has light tannins, outstanding length, and is going to evolve for 7-8 years or more. (7/2020) 91 points Connoisseurs Guide. Vitality, brightness and very keen fruity precision rather than heady ripeness have for long been the hallmarks of Phelps's Freestone Pinots, and, if those virtues are once again on display in this outing, the 2018 edition ups the ante a touch in terms of juicy, optimally ripened fruit. It displays an extra bit of richness and range that, combined with its typically firm and lively balance, guarantee many years of positive growth ahead. Enjoy it while still young for its vigor and verve, but know that appreciably more complexity awaits. (6/2020) K&L Notes. While the Joseph Phelps estate is known for their iconic Insignia proprietary blend, they also craft a set of superb Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from Sonoma's cool coastal AVAs, including the storied Freestone vineyard. Producer's notes: "The 2018 Pinot Noir highlights fragrant violet, rustic baking spices and cedar notes followed by juicy raspberry, black cherry and hints of red currant. Focused and youthful with a lifting acid length, black pepper spice and orange peel essence. The 2018 Sonoma Coast growing season was marked by cool, mild weather. The cooler than normal spring delayed budbreak, bloom and veraison by two weeks compared to the previous five years. The mild weather patterns in August and September allowed for excellent overall phenological ripening and development of a complex aroma and flavor profile in the finished wines.".
Price: $ 39.95
Price in original currency: None

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First added to 1000 Corks on May 23, 2020.