| 2011 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard|
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 92
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
Price at time of purchase: $70.00 (Winery)
The Pastorale is a selection from the very best lots in the Phelps Freestone Vineyard. Considerably more voluptuous than the "lesser" Phelps Freestone Chardonnays, the 2011 Pastorale has a creamy, fruit-filled personality to go along with the crisp acid structure found in all the Phelps Chardonnays. Fruit leans toward ripe peach, pear, and sweet citrus, and there are lovely nuances of spice and toasty oak in the finish. Probably because of the richness, the usually striking Freestone minerality is not quite as pronounced. Beautifully made wine. - HK 2015-06-24
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