Freestone Vineyards by Joseph Phelps Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
"From the very first sniff, this deep and impressively
layered wine conveys a sense of fine composition
and polish, and, for all of its richness and mouthfilling
weight, it is still a bit tight and not yet fully
expressed. Its intense themes of apples and
stones are enriched by deftly placed accents of
vanilla and cream, and, like its mate, it is a serious,
age-worthy Chardonnay that will surely reward a
few years of patience."
"Lemon custard aromas ooze, followed by appetizing wafts of merigue. Zingy juiced lime hits the palate with a start, cushioned by a buoyant, rounded texture. Sweet basil and chamomile form a zen finish. Ommmmm."
"The 2009 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards wraps around the palate with tangerine, mint, honeysuckle and French oak notes. This is an especially ripe, juicy style for the Sonoma Coast, but it works. The relatively up-front expression of fruit suggests the wine is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."
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Founded in 1999 when the Joseph Phelps family and management team broke ground on more than 100 acres near the town of Freestone in the Sonoma Coast appellation with a goal of creating a winery to produce outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At Freestone Vineyards, developing and applying biodynamic farming practices is an opportunity to fully express the regional characteristics of the soil, climate, and terrain within the context of what natures provides. Careful picking and sorting by hand encourages fresh and pure fruit expression.
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