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Joseph Phelps, Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma Coast 2011
Fresh, vibrant, cherry nose. Good attack, intense and lively, quite oaky but lacy, poised and long.
Price: £36.56-£39.06 Fine & Rare, Private Cellar
Missouri-born Joseph Phelps founded his namesake vineyard in Napa Valley in 1973 after buying a cattle ranch just off the Silverado Trail. He won early fame by making California’s first varietal Syrah.
Phelps was one of the first California wineries to produce a premium Bordeaux blend from its own grapes, and went on to pioneer Rhône varieties. Phelps’ best known wine is Insignia, a Bordeaux blend first bottled in 1974.
Over the years, the winery has been on a mission to use 100% estate grown grapes in its wines. Following several purchases, it owned eight vineyards from St Helena to Carneros as of March 2016.