2010 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A bit more layered than the Pastorale, the 2010 Chardonnay Estate Freestone Vineyard caresses the palate from beginning to end. Lemon, pastry, white flowers, crushed rocks and a whisper of French oak all emerge from the glass in the seamless, totally polished Chardonnay. The aromas and flavors remain bright, focused and beautifully articulated from start to finish. This is another fabulous wine from Joseph Phelps. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. Once again, I came away deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Joseph Phelps and their Freestone Vineyards range. These are without question some of the most polished wines being made in the Sonoma Coast today. The 2011s, all of which I tasted from barrel, are also highly promising. The Pinots are quite savory and Syrah-like in this vintage. It will be interesting to see how they develop over the coming year.
Bone dry, minerally and brisk in mouthwatering acidity, this has subtle yet rich flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, green apple and honey. It shows real elegance and complexity; drink now–2016.
*Two stars* Those who doubt that California Chardonnay can rival those from Burgundy when it comes to structure and balance are bound rethink their views when tasting this vibrant, deeply filled bottling. Tight but so very deep and keenly focused on minerals, wonderfully fresh, green-apple fruit and lovely oak spice, the wine is as long on finesse as it is on richness, and it is far from reaching its best. It is, in fact, too young to drink any time soon, and great dividends lie ahead for those who exercise a few years of patience.
Pure, clean and focused on snappy green apple, floral, honeysuckle and mineral flavors. The sheer vibrancy gives this a unique personality, ending with a long, mineral-laced finish. Drink now through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright green-yellow. Vibrant aromas of lime, orange oil and flowers, plus a whiff of brioche. Tactile, juicy and crisp, with strong fruit-driven flavors of green tropical fruits, lemon and pineapple. Very good density and freshness here, but in a cooler style than the 2009 bottling.