2011 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May 2013
Award
90 Points
Review

Red berries, pungent brown spices, black tea and flowers on the nose, accented by peppery herbs. At once ripe and dry, offering moderate depth and complexity but excellent energy to the red fruit and spice flavors. 

Publication
California Grapevine
Date
June 2013
Award
92 Points
Review

Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, forward, intense, spicy, wild cherry and strawberry fruit aroma with light peppery notes; medium-full body; deep, firmly structured, cranberry and cherry fruit flavors with crisp acidity; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 

Publication
International Wine Report
Author
JD
Date
June 2013
Award
92 Points
Review

The 2011 Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir is a brilliant wine, offering a generous dosage of ripe red berries, cranberry, spices, floral, herbs and hints of smoke. This has a gorgeous rich texture balanced out beautifully by racy mouthwatering acidity that carries straight over onto the spicy finish that keeps pulling you back for another taste.

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
September 2013
Award
93 Points, Cellar Selection
Review

The parts haven't fully come together yet in this age able wine. It has mouthwatering acidity and vastly complex flavors, ranging from ripe heirloom tomatoes, cola, pomegranates and cranberries, to ripe cherries and red currants. With flavors of oak and some hard tannins, it’s a natural for the cellar. Hold for at least six years.

Publication
Pinot Report
Author
Greg Walter
Volume
90
Date
October 2013
Award
92 Points
Review

Medium-deep ruby color; complex herbal and earthy cherry aromas; deep, forward cherry flavors with earthy and forest floor notes; some oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Earthy, herbal Pinot with nice structure and focus. 

Publication
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
February 2014
Award
91 Points
Review

The flavors are bright and expressive, while the savory notes typical of the cool year are very much evident, particularly some of the gamier nuances that have always been a part of this wine.

Publication
Decanter
Author
Stephen Brook
Date
September 2014
Award
91 Points
Review

Fresh, vibrant, cherry nose. Good attack, intense and lively, quite oaky but lacy, poised and long. Drink 2014-2020. 17.5 (91)