2009 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay "Freestone"
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
Price at time of purchase: $55.00 (Winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

While it's always excellent, I sometimes find the Freestone Chardonnay a little too dry and austere. However, to my taste the 2009 vintage has an extra level of fruit and density that makes it absolutely delicious. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, and displaying a nice balance of modest toastiness with citrus, peach, and floral aromas and flavors. Very clean and balanced from start to finish, totally untiring to the palate. Note: from now on (and even including later labelings of the 2009), this wine will have the Joseph Phelps name on the label. - HK 2012-06-29


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