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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 122052)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $57.99

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 Decanter rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 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 wine fills the senses with pleasing aromas of cassis, dark plum, dried herbs and earthy notes of cedar and forest floor. A silky mouth feel and lingering flavors of black cherry, allspice, wild mushrooms and black tea mingle with hints of toasty vanilla bean and Freestone's characteristic tangerine peel. Bright acidity and balanced tannins create a captivating Pinot Noir with a long, rich finish.
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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.