Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018 - The Grape Tray
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
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Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Brand Joseph Phelps
Alcohol/vol 14.2%

Winery Notes:

The 2018 Pinot Noir highlights fragrant violet, rustic baking spices and cedar notes followed by juicy raspberry, black cherry and hints of red currant. Focused and youthful with a lifting acid length, black pepper spice and orange peel essence.

Wine Enthusiast
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From a majority of estate-grown grapes and percentage of grower fruit, this impressive wine is juicy, textured, layered and lengthy. With a cool-climate crispness at its foundation, it unfurls lovely flavors of dark plum, wild strawberry and orange peel, finishing in a touch of nutmeg.

Virginie Boone, July 2020
James Suckling
  • js95

Very pretty blackberries with plums, spice and hints of chili chocolate. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and focused with a bright, linear finish. Fine tannins. Sophisticated. Hints of spice, nuts and bark. Mushrooms, too. Dusty. Serious. Real.

May 2021
Wine Advocate
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Pale ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards has alluring aromas of dried lavender and bergamot, aniseed, blood orange and amaro-like accents with a core of perfectly ripe red and black berry fruits. The palate is light-bodied, silky, soft and juicy but packed with nuanced flavor layers, and it finishes incredibly long. What an elegant, layered expression this vintage! This was aged 13 months in 39% new French oak.

Erin Brooks, September 2020
Jeb Dunnuck
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Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards saw just a touch of stems (16%) and 13 months in 39% new French oak. Lots of mulled red and black fruits, flowery incense, a kiss of cola, and earth all emerge from this medium-bodied, rounded, brilliantly put together Pinot Noir. As seamless and gulpable as they come, it has light tannins, outstanding length, and is going to evolve for 7-8 years or more.

July 2020
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The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) shows just how appealing the vintage is, even at the appellation level. Freshly cut roses, violet, crushed red berry and mint are all beautifully lifted in a weightless, gracious Pinot that is all finesse. There is a sense of translucence that is so alluring. The 2018 is pure and total class. This is the first vintage that incorporates a dollop of non-estate fruit, a practical decision taken to even out production from year to year in this site, which yields can vary widely according to vintage.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
Wine Spectator
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A savory style, with forest floor notes to the dried dark currant and blackberry flavors. Inky accents emerge on the slate- and spice-filled finish. Drink now through 2023.

Kim Marcus, October 15, 2020