2009 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 92

Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
Price at time of purchase: $75.00 (winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Superb Chardonnay from the label previously known as Freestone, which has been reabsorbed by Phelps. It's up there with the Rochioli single vineyards, in my opinion. Of course it's up there or beyond in price too. But just a captivating wine. Very focused and precise feel to this wine. Complex, ever-evolving flavors of lemon curd, apple, spice. Exceedingly elegant and long in the mouth and finish. Subtle notes of lees and white flowers. Lots of nutty character, evolving from hazelnuts when first opened, through cashew and almond. Great intensity with no heaviness. - HK 2013-10-30


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