2013 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
*Editors' Choice* Stemmy earth and dark, savory pine give in to sautéed mushroom and cinnamon in this lean, soft and delicious estate-grown wine. A tension of acidity buoys a backdrop of wild strawberry and cranberry on the palate, ending with just the right amount of weight and length, succulent to the end.
Wine & Spirits
Joseph Phelps made a significant bet on coastal pinot noir and chardonnay in 1999, stepping outside of Napa to develop 100 acres of vineyards in the fog-cooled hills near Freestone. Those vines now grow a polished and silky pinot, with sunny fruit sweetness that suggests candied cherries. Savory scents of vineyard dust and tea leaves contrast that juicy fruit, while citrusy acidity gives it a toned edge.
The 2013 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards is deep, powerful and intense, with plenty of sweet red cherry, plum, new leather and spice woven together. Creamy and inviting, the 2013 shows plenty of the explosive energy and overall depth that are such signatures of the Phelps Pinots. The 22% whole clusters are pretty much buried. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard is a blend from their estate vineyards Pastorale and Quarter Moon. This is treated similarly to the Chardonnay, with 13 months in one-third new French oak prior to being bottled. The wine shows delicate strawberry, pomegranate, and red and black cherry notes, a touch of plums, loamy soil nuances, a nice, juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel and a good, fresh, ripe finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (RP)
Up until the 2010 vintage, this western outpost of Napa Valley's Joseph Phelps was just called "Freestone Vineyards," but they decided that the Phelps name was more recognizable. Same biodynamically farmed vineyard, same Freestone-dedicated winemaking facility located on a curiously sunny bluff in the midst of foggy coastal Sonoma County. These wines have been outstanding from the start.