Joseph Phelps, Freestone, Sonoma County 2010

Joseph Phelps

Score

93
  • Drink: 2013 - 2020
  • Grape Variety: Pinot Noir

Manufacturer:

Joseph Phelps

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Joseph Phelps, Freestone, Sonoma County 2010

Sweet, poised, elegant nose. Lean and refined, quite oaky but lifted and elegant; understated but packed with flavour. Good length.
Price: £42 Private Cellar
Drink: 2013–2020
Alc: 13.5%

Producer:
Joseph Phelps

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.