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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Decanter rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a mix of the best selections from the estate plantings, including some heirloom selections that define its character and structure. The nose reveals aromas of toasted brioche, apricot pits, lemon oil, shaved almonds, flower petals and chamomile infused with honey. There is great concentration, weight and intensity in this Chardonnay with vibrant, focused flavors of honeysuckle, quince, orange blossom and a touch of apple skins to tempt the palate. This wine is full-bodied, has great length and has a tangy, citrus finish with tremendous precision and minerality.
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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.