2014 Joseph Phelps "Freestone Vineyards" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1283476 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A layered and fruity red with strawberry and lemon rind character. Medium to full body, fresh and fruity finish. Very exciting. Inner quote mark (5/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Phelps family was one of the first to bring pinot noir to the cool hills around Freestone, when they planted on the site of an old dairy farm in 1999. Those vines grew a 2014 that smells delicious, like bay leaves and crushed wild blackberries. The fruit has a spicy verve that holds out against the constricting grip of the oak—it’s a powerful coastal Pinot Noir to age for five years or more. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

89-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards is a good introduction to the Joseph Phelps Pinots. There is plenty of the trademark intensity readers will find in the vineyard designates, but with a bit more perfume and more approachable structure, all of which make the 2014 a strong choice for drinking over the next few years. Shades of dark red/purplish fruit and sweet floral notes continue to open up effortlessly over time. The 2014 could very well turn out to be an overachiever. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2016)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Oz Clarke: This is dark and deep, oaky and ripe, but it works in its way because there is a good, beguiling cherry scent with fruit and juicy acidity to keep it refreshing. Sarah Jane Evans MW: This is ripe and ready – a Pinot full of juice and brambly spiciness. It has glossy fruit paired with a bramble jam. Tina Gellie: This has a creamy aroma with quite a full and firm palate. It has thick, unctuous, ripe strawberry fruit that's full and forward. It’s nice but not overly nuanced. Recommended by James Button. (Panel Tasting) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Light 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. (VB) Inner quote mark (6/2017)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2016)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
The 2014 Joseph Phelps Freestone Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was showing great during our recent buying trip to Napa Valley, when the K&L team had the privilege to talk with Will Phelps, grandson of Napa Valley icon Joseph Phelps and current executive manager of the Joseph Phelps estate. Phelps explained how they picked from two different plots with different levels of sun exposure to create a complete and complex Pinot profile. Fresh, crunchy, ripe red fruit like raspberries, strawberries and plums with savory elements of spicy earth, forest floor and a touch of salinity make for a beautiful, well-crafted and powerful Sonoma Coast Pinot.

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