Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018 Red Wine
- Retail Price:$49.99
- Your Price:$42.99
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- Brand:Joseph Phelps
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Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018
96 pts. 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."
As you would expect from a class-act winery such as Joseph Phelps, this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir holds an elite status as one of the highest in quality. Everything about this wine screams "MONEY", and yet it's extremely moderately priced! And such a beauty of a Pinot!
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.
Harvest takes place at night followed by sorting before the fruit is gravity fed to tank for a long natural fermentation using an overall average of 16% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs result in a structured wine with silky texture and a distinctive Freestone spice character of boysenberry, forest floor and clove prevalent in this area of the western Sonoma Coast.
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.
Blend: 91% estate-grown Pinot Noir (47% Quarter Moon Vineyard and 44% Pastorale Vineyard) and 9% grower fruit.
Aging: 13 months in 39% new and 61% two-year-old French oak barrels.