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Date Printed: 12/24/2014
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $44.99

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
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 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:

Bright cherry, cranberry, currant and sweet baking spice aromas leap from the glass followed by notes of blackberry, white pepper, cassis and rose petals. A rich, full mouth feel paves the way for concentrated raspberry, Bing cherry, allspice and vanilla flavors along with Freestone's characteristic tangerine peel. Balanced acidity and tannins create an alluring Pinot Noir with a long, lush 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.