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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 119267)
James Suckling rating: 95 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This complex and lively Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of juicy black cherry and balsamic reduction, hints of anise, cassis, dried tea leaves, sweet tobacco and savory, simmering curry spices all enveloped within Freestone's characteristic essence of tangerine zest. The offerings on the palate are both generous and lingering, with flavors of freshly ground allspice, sautĂȘed Chanterelles and plump, red cherries. The earthiness is subtle yet captivating, and the finish is long and seamless. This Pinot Noir is rich, vibrant and has an energy that will keep it alive for many years.
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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.