Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

$46.99
$44.64

SKU 32184

750ml

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To preserve fruit conditions, grapes were picked under lights each morning, followed by hand-sorting before being gravity fed to tank for a long natural fermentation using an overall average of 22% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs produced a textured wine with elegant structure and a Freestone spice characteristic that is distinctive to this region of the western Sonoma Coast. The 2014 Pinot Noir showcases aromatic red fruit, fragrant violet and savory spices. Fresh and focused on the palate with concentrated red raspberry and cherry, currant, baking spices and a hint of smoked meat. Nicely textured with firm acidity and a lingering finish.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Brand Joseph Phelps
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastLight and vibrantly high in integrated acidity, this wine is complex and savory, but white pepper is a constant. Along the nuanced layers are an earthy patch of wild strawberry and cardamom that persists elegantly on the palate.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2017
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard is a blend from Phelps' Pastorale and Quarter Moon sites. Aged 14 months in 35% new French oak, and made from a bevy of Dijon clones as well as the Mt. Eden (believed to be from the Musigny vineyard), this is a big production cuvée of 11,600 cases. The wine has a dark ruby color and a big, sweet kiss of strawberries, raspberries, tart cherries and pomegranate as well as some loamy soil notes, followed by a juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel and crisp, zesty finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016

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