2013 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1229486 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This 100% varietal wine from the cooler outpost of Freestone is so deliciously crisp, bright in minerally lemon and fresh pear. It lingers on the palate in complex ways, elusive one moment, then exuberant the next-a celebration of ideal vintage and place.  (12/2015)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 There’s a taut and penetrating depth of flavor at the core of this chardonnay, from a wind-cooled vineyard among the redwoods near Freestone. It’s resolutely dry, with a tangy blood-orange verve, the grip of oak and creaminess of lees providing a context for the clean intensity of the fruit. Decant it for veal.  (6/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard, which saw 100% malolactic and spent 13 months in about one-third new oak, is a large cuvée of 5,700 cases. The wine shows beautiful floral notes intermixed with citrus and honeysuckle, has great natural acidity and a hint of wet rocks giving it minerality and crisp, medium-bodied, nicely concentrated flavors. It reminded me of a premier cru Chablis. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)  (10/2015)

91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard is quite pretty, but it is very tight today, most likely the result of its recent bottling. Lemon curd, chamomile and white pepper blossom in this expressive Chardonnay. These new and upcoming releases from Joseph Phelps's Sonoma Coast property are quite attractive. The 2012s have turned out nicely. I was quite surprised to see just how rich the 2012 Pinots are. In that sense, they are markedly different in style from the generally more perfumed, mid-weight Pinots that typically emerge from this part of the coast. The 2013s have a little more energy and delineation than the 2013s. Phelps opted to bottle the 2013s earlier than the 2012s, which meant I saw them just after bottling. (AG)  (1/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Mixed lemon with grapefruit accents and integrated spice carried on rushing acidity and an ultra-long finish. Judicious use of oak without heaviness gives breadth to an otherwise lean, mineral palate. (ECB)  (1/2015)

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By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
Here is a lovely classic California Chardonnay with just the right amount of lovely pear and apple fruit, white flowers and an integrated oak component. Never over the top or overly buttery and beautifully balanced. It's great to have this very serious and well crafted,fine tuned California Chardonnay at a very reasonable price.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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