2010 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
This shows the power and purity of the winery's coastal Pastorale and Quarter Moon vineyards, in this cool vintage that allowed for long hang time. Although some coastal Pinots were plagued by rot, this one was not, resulting in a wine with delicious raspberry and cherry notes, accented by new French oak. It's very fine, complex and enjoyable now.
Pungent aromas of raspberry, smoke and spices. Supple, sweet and rich, with plenty of early sex appeal to the red berry, spice and loam flavors. Real California sweetness of fruit leavened by saline soil tones. Tasty already.
Bright and juicy with tangy cherry fruit and smooth texture; juicy and lively with fresh, balanced flavors; long and charming.
There is a lovely sense of energy to the attractively detailed and refreshing middle weight flavors that possess reasonably good depth on the persistent and utterly delicious finish that is sufficiently structured to reward several years of bottle age.
"... there is a brilliant balance here with all the red cherry fruit one could ask for in the wine's latter palate and incredibly long finish."
The 2010 Joseph Phelps 100% estate grown Pinot Noir sourced from 51% Quarter Moon Vineyard and 49% Pastorale Vineyard is bright and energetic. Fresh raspberries, wild berries, spices, smoke and dried floral are some of the aromas that leap from the glass. Balanced with wonderful acidity driving the fruit into the juicy finish. This is a gorgeous pinot noir that I would love to see again in a few years.
The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard is more fruit-driven than the Pastorale. Immediate and juicy, the 2010 jumps from the glass with layers of radiant red fruit. I would prefer to drink the 2010 while the fruit remains front and center. This supple, resonant Pinot is another gorgeous wine from Phelps. The 2010 is a blend of roughly equal parts Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyards.
Sweet, poised, elegant nose. Lean and refined, quite oaky but lifted and elegant; understated but packed with flavour. Good length.