Joseph Phelps Vineyards Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012

$54.99

  Fantastic new Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir release from the legendary Jospeh Phelps.  92 Points Robert Parker:  "Gorgeous dark red cherries, savory herbs, licorice and mint are woven together in the 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard. Intense and rich, the 2011 is surprisingly rich for the year. Wilder, gamier notes appear later, adding complexity on the inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021...Once again, I came away deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Joseph Phelps and their Freestone Vineyards range. These are without question some of the most polished wines being made in the Sonoma Coast today. The 2011s, all of which I tasted from barrel, are also highly promising. The Pinots are quite savory and Syrah-like in this vintage. It will be interesting to see how they develop over the coming year."

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Ratings on Delectable

Ron R Delectable Pro

We have had this on several occasions. It's distinctly average. It's bright and breezy, but lacks cohesion.

We have had this on several occasions. It's distinctly average. It's bright and breezy, but lacks cohesion.

8.8

Melissa Vetrecin Delectable Pro

Wine Manager Wegmans Food Markets

2012.

2012.

9.1

R. Addison Wehrfritz Delectable Pro

Classic Sonoma Coast Pinot. Aromatic, ripe but restrained fruit with lively acidity, and a distinctly autumnal quality vis-a-vis undertones of baking spices and forest berries.

Classic Sonoma Coast Pinot. Aromatic, ripe but restrained fruit with lively acidity, and a distinctly autumnal quality vis-a-vis undertones of baking spices and forest berries.

8.9

Alan Hoyt

Fine wine and dinner with the Tuttles and Reitz on Bald Head. Ocean view from the porch of the club. Awesome.

Fine wine and dinner with the Tuttles and Reitz on Bald Head. Ocean view from the porch of the club. Awesome.

9.0

Gary Phillips

Opened up after 20 minutes to notes of berries, currants and cassis. A very solid Pinot Noir.

Opened up after 20 minutes to notes of berries, currants and cassis. A very solid Pinot Noir.

9.1

Andrew Willingham

Needed a couple of hours to really open up. Darker on the eye than Willamette pinots, medium+ viscosity. Smaller nose of baked sweet dark cherries and vanilla, some chocolate. Palette sees more vibrant fruit, well balanced oaky notes.

Needed a couple of hours to really open up. Darker on the eye than Willamette pinots, medium+ viscosity. Smaller nose of baked sweet dark cherries and vanilla, some chocolate. Palette sees more vibrant fruit, well balanced oaky notes.

9.1

Michael Genn

Nice acid, cherry and red fruit. Opened up nicely, should definitely hold up for several more years.

Nice acid, cherry and red fruit. Opened up nicely, should definitely hold up for several more years.

9.2

M. Travis

2012 vintage with Craig

2012 vintage with Craig

9.0

Tania Rodriguez

Very nice Pinot by Joseph phelps.

Very nice Pinot by Joseph phelps.

9.3

Danny Yap

Great Pinot - great price.

Great Pinot - great price.

9.0

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