2010 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1075164 94 points 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.  (4/ 2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (10/ 2012)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/ 2012)

90 points 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.  (5/ 2012)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/15/2013  | Send Email
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-1997. That’s the first thought I had when tasting the 2010 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, this was a return to one of the best values I had ever experienced in my life in California Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1997 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley was so good they made less of it because the lion share went into the flagship wine “Insignia”. The 2010 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon is that good, it feels like a $100+ California Cabernet Sauvignon but sells for about half that price. The wine has impeccable balance, depth of fruit nicely accented by hints of herbs and spice along with a dense, complex core of fruit along with supple tannins and good acidity. This wine is approachable and drinkable now with a few hours of aeration and will handsomely reward the connoisseur who has the patience to put this away in the cellar for 5-15 years. If you’ve been lamenting the fact that most of the wines you used to love are now selling for well over $100 then try buying the 2010 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley and you can pretend it is 1997 all over again.
Drink from 2013 to 2030

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5