2010 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 93

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Price at time of purchase: $65.00 (Winery)
Type: Pinot Noir / Burgundy
Principal varietal(s): Pinot Noir

Tasted from magnum in 2016, this was quite magnificent. Extremely deep, palate-coating flavors of ripe cherry and dark berries along with a penetrating violet-like floral character and major spicy and dried herb notes. Seamless, velvet mouth feel from start to finish with authoritative grip in the mouth - the old "iron fist in velvet glove" syndrome. I've really been impressed with some 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs lately - it was a year I've underestimated compared to 2007 and 2009. Price indicated is for 750 ml, not magnum. - HK 2016-06-24


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