2014 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
Price $55.00, $44.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards (51% Pastorale Vineyard and 49% Quarter Moon Vineyard).
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates August 28 - September 19, 2014
Aging/Cooperage Fourteen months in 35% new and 65% two- to three-year-old French oak barrels.
Winemaking Data To preserve fruit conditions, grapes were picked under lights each morning, followed by hand-sorting before being gravity fed to tank for a long natural fermentation using an overall average of 22% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs produced a textured wine with elegant structure and a Freestone spice characteristic that is distinctive to this region of the western Sonoma Coast.
Winemaker Notes The 2014 Pinot Noir showcases aromatic red fruit, fragrant violet and savory spices. Fresh and focused on the palate with concentrated red raspberry and cherry, currant, baking spices and a hint of smoked meat. Nicely textured with firm acidity and a lingering finish.
Vintage Notes The 2014 Sonoma Coast growing season began with dry, mild winter conditions until much needed rain arrived in February and March. Bud break and bloom were again early, as in 2012 and 2013. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit character early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace for overall consistency. This created intense and concentrated flavors at harvest.
92 Points - Wine & Spirits
The Phelps family was one of the first to bring pinot noir to the cool hills around Freestone, when they planted on the site of an old dairy farm in 1999. Those vines grew a 2014 that smells delicious, like bay leaves and crushed wild blackberries. The fruit has a spicy verve that holds out against the constricting grip of the oak – it’s powerful coastal pinot noir to age for five years or more. (2016)
90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The wine has a dark ruby color and a big, sweet kiss of strawberries, raspberries, tart cherries and pomegranate as well as some loamy soil notes, followed by a juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel and crisp, zesty finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. (2016)