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Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009

Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Price: $55.00 $39.99
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Item No. 119677
  • CG93
  • TP92
  • V90
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

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

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
Ratings Pedigree:

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
93 Points

"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."
92 Points

"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."
90 Points

Learn About Joseph Phelps Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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