2006 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Date
March 1, 2008
Award
94 Points
Review

A very fine, ageable Pinot that shows a feral, exotic quality that is rare, but always welcome. Grown on the true, cool coastal strip of the appellation, it's dry and crisp in citrusy acids, with intricate flavors of wild cherries, balsam, maple syrup, teriyaki-grilled beef, licorice, cola and Asian spices. such is the tannic structure that it should evolve over the next 8-10 years.

Publication
WineReviewOnline.com
Author
Robert Whitley
Date
October 28, 2008
Award
94 Points
Review

Only the second release from this relatively new property owned by the renowned Joseph Phelps family of the Napa Valley, the ‘06 is a revelation of sorts. This is a refined, spicy Pinot that exhibits the structure and minerality, as well as the silky tannin, of a premier or grand cru Burgundy . . . The stated alcohol of 14% is modest by current standards, and the elegance and finesse are evidence of this delicacy of body. Yet the fruit is vibrant, almost explosive, with a purity that is searing. (Robert Whitley)

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
December 2008
Award
93 Points
Review

Good fresh dark red. Captivating aromas of strawberry, raspberry, flowers, incense, mocha and loam, with some Burgundian funk and blood orange emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Quite supple, even creamy, in the middle palate, with musky red berry, earth and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. As round and seamless as this is in the middle, and as silky and lush as it is on the aftertaste, there's no shortage of structure. Some whole-cluster and whole-berry fermentation has contributed both an intriguing floral/spicy quality and a creamy sweetness. I've been following this venture since the Phelps family purchased this cool-climate Sonoma Coast property in 1999, and this second release of the estate's flagship pinot is a knockout. Visit website.

Publication
BurgHound.com
Date
3rd Quarter 2009
Award
91 Points
Review

A moderately high-toned nose of red pinot fruit, violet, menthol and spice hints introduces delicious, intense, round and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess good depth and length. This is a generous yet stylish effort that offers good depth and about the only nit is a trace of backend warmth. Adding to the appeal is that with 20 to 30 minutes of air, this can be enjoyed now though it clearly has the stuffing to improve over the next 4 to 7 years (2013+).

Publication
The Wine Spectator
Date
September 30, 2008
Award
90 Points
Review

Firm and intense. Spicy wild berry, loamy earth, dusty herb, sage and mineral notes fan out nicely, gaining depth and dimension on the long, complex finish. Drink now through 2012. – J.L.

Publication
The Wine Advocate
Date
December 31, 2008
Award
89 Points
Review

Made from both Dijon and Old California Heritage clones. Aromas of underbrush, red currants, and spice are followed by a wine with more texture and flavor than the 2005.

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May-June 2010
Award
93 Points
Review

Good fresh dark red. Captivating aromas of strawberry, raspberry, flowers, incense, mocha and loam, with some Burgundian funk and blood orange emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Quite supple, even creamy, in the middle palate, with musky red berry, earth and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. As round and seamless as this is in the middle, and as silky and lush as it is on the aftertaste, there's no shortage of structure. Some whole-cluster and whole-berry fermentation has contributed both an intriguing floral/spicy quality and a creamy sweetness. I've been following this venture since the Phelps family purchased this cool-climate Sonoma Coast property in 1999, and this second release of the estate's flagship pinot is a knockout.