Joseph Phelps Vineyards Quarter Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

On the nose, Asian spices, touch of light pepper, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, heavily exacted pomegranate. The fruits are slightly candied and gummy. Soft chalkiness and baking spices of; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Deep dark spices on the palate. Pink peppercorns, strawberries, cherries, dark cherries, dry cranberries and pomegranate, soft/light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, crushed dry rock powder, soft minerals, loamy soils and a touch of leather. The Quarter Moon was showing more freshness, was richer, fuller body and softer acidity than the Pastorale. Further, the QM had a more consistent polished finish that lasted over a minute. Photos of the barrel display in the back of their main room, terrace area and sloping wines as you drive up to their estate.

On the nose, Asian spices, touch of light pepper, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, heavily exacted pomegranate. The fruits are slightly candied and gummy. Soft chalkiness and baking spices of; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Deep dark spices on the palate. Pink peppercorns, strawberries, cherries, dark cherries, dry cranberries and pomegranate, soft/light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, crushed dry rock powder, soft minerals, loamy soils and a touch of leather. The Quarter Moon was showing more freshness, was richer, fuller body and softer acidity than the Pastorale. Further, the QM had a more consistent polished finish that lasted over a minute. Photos of the barrel display in the back of their main room, terrace area and sloping wines as you drive up to their estate.

9.2

Chris Erkel

Big fruit forward Pinot with smooth finish.

Big fruit forward Pinot with smooth finish.

8.9

Cameron Etezadi

Spicy with notes of licorice, green pepper, and an almost herbal finish. Peppery with a rounded body that costs the mouth more subtly than the similar Pastorole vineyard.

Spicy with notes of licorice, green pepper, and an almost herbal finish. Peppery with a rounded body that costs the mouth more subtly than the similar Pastorole vineyard.

9.0

Adam Hoogeveen

Spice, pepper, and a lot of body for a Pinot. I really enjoyed this wine, and it kind of struck me as a Pinot trying to be a Syrah.

Spice, pepper, and a lot of body for a Pinot. I really enjoyed this wine, and it kind of struck me as a Pinot trying to be a Syrah.

9.3

Brett Francis

This was a very flavorful and rich Pinot. It had the smooth accessibility I like in Pinots but I had hints of leather and spice which made it interesting. Definitely could age for a few more years.

This was a very flavorful and rich Pinot. It had the smooth accessibility I like in Pinots but I had hints of leather and spice which made it interesting. Definitely could age for a few more years.

9.1

Rob Mayes

Tasted off initially but revealed itself nicely as it opened

Tasted off initially but revealed itself nicely as it opened

9.0

Hugh O'Riordan

I'm a Pinot guy and in the Phelps win club in order to go to Insignia Days and buy Backus. This Pinot was earthy, dark and had the wonderful Pinot fruit taste. I was surprised. It will improve with age. I think I'll buy more.

I'm a Pinot guy and in the Phelps win club in order to go to Insignia Days and buy Backus. This Pinot was earthy, dark and had the wonderful Pinot fruit taste. I was surprised. It will improve with age. I think I'll buy more.

9.4

Skip Smyser

Nice wine but prefer Oregon

Nice wine but prefer Oregon

9.0

Location

  • 300 Massachusetts Ave NE
    Washington D.C., DC 20002

  • Hours:
    Monday - Saturday
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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