Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
The 2018 Chardonnay opens with generous white flower, lemon zest and fresh pear. A very linear offering with vivid acidity, bright green apple, tart lemon and a mineral driven lengthy finish.
The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard, aged 13 months in 41% new French oak, takes its time on the nose, slowly opening to notes of saline, crushed nuts, lemon peel and quince. The palate is medium-bodied, juicy and very silky, its citrusy fruits opening to savory hints underneath, and it finishes very long and nuanced. Give it another couple years in bottle to gain in amplitude.
From estate-grown grapes, this impressively layered, complex and cool-climate characteristic white is layered in gravelly texture and crushed rock. Briny ocean influence coats a crisp core of green apple and Meyer lemon, leading to a complete finish.
There are two Chardonnays from this Napa based estate, both terrific wines. The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards, aged 13 months in 41% new oak, reveals a medium gold hue as well as rocking notes of buttered lemons, white flowers, and brioche. It's pure, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has a great finish. It gains even more complexity with time in the glass, revealing more green almonds, toasted bread, and mint-laced nuances. I love it today, yet it has a good spice of acidity and is going to evolve gracefully for 4-6 years.
This is soft and open with beautiful cooked apple and pie crust. Medium-bodied with a creamy texture and a long, flavorful finish. Tangy and vivid. Drinkable now, but it will age well, too.
Intense minerality accents the sleek pear tart and apple pastry flavors, loaded with rich, vibrant acidity. Viscous midpalate, with angel food and creamy accents on the luscious and well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2025. 2,240 cases made.