2011 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.