2010 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay "Freestone"
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $55.00 (Winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

A little lower density than the 2009, but still a beautifully balanced, full-flavored Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Tasted at age four, several bottles of this wine had already developed an aged golden color, and I would not be inclined to age the 2010 any further. (In fact, the first bottle of this wine I tried was definitely over the hill.) Nicely layered flavors of butterscotch, citrus oil, subdued spiciness, and even some tropical notes I don't always find in cool-climate Sonoma Coast Chardonnays. Crisp, clean, but at age four leaning towards getting shorter in the mouth and more abrupt in the finish. - HK 2014-11-12


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