2012 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards

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

Dark red cherries, tobacco and new leather wrap around the palate in the 2012 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards. A wine of presence and nuance, the 2012 stands out for its symmetry and overall sense of balance. I very much like the delineation and energy here. The Freestone is a blend of fruit from Quarter Moon (60%) and Pastorale (40%). It shows beautifully next to those wines, despite a significant difference in price. This is the hidden jewel in the range, there is little doubt about that.

Publication
The Wine Advocate
Author
Robert Parker
Date
December 2013
Award
(90-92) Points
Review

Its saturated dark ruby color is followed by abundant notes of Asian spices, strawberries, cherries, a hint of underbrush and a medium-bodied, rich mouthfeel with good acidity, but no oak poking through. Consume over the next 5-7 years. 

Publication
The Press Democrat
Author
Peg Melnik
Date
April 22, 2014
Award
3 Stars
Review

Delicious tangy fruit, herbs and white pepper. Great acid, with a crisp finish. Striking.

Publication
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May/June 2014
Award
90+ Points
Review

Good dark red with ruby tones. Dark aromas of plum, cassis and bitter chocolate, lifted by a pungent violet note. Not a fleshy style but pristine and vibrant, offering flavors of blackberry, spices and licorice pastille. Finishes with very good length and perfume but this wine really needs another year or so in the bottle to express its personality. 

Publication
PinotFile
Author
Rusty Gaffney
Volume
9, issue 14
Date
May 15, 2014
Award
94 Points
Review

Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is complex and persistent with hi-tone aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, forest floor, spice and red licorice. A seamless wine with serious extract of black raspberry and blackberry fruits nicely accented with spice and oak. The finish is remarkably intense, leaving quite an impression. Probably the most concentrated Pinot Noir ever from this very cool locale, yet displays the cool-climate vibrancy to support the fruit load. A beauty that will attract many fans.

Publication
California Grapevine
Date
June 2014
Award
92 points
Review

Medium ruby with a purplish tinge; attractive, forward, deep, moderately intense, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with a hint of mocha; medium to medium-full body; rich, deep, firmly structured, red fruit flavors with some herbal notes and bright acidity; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows good aging potential, deserving to be laid down for another three to five more years. Very highly recommended.

Publication
WineReviewOnline.com
Author
Robert Whitley
Date
July 22, 2014
Award
92 Points
Review

This Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir offers a rich, layered palate that shows a complex array of red and black fruit aromas, earthy minerality, and excellent persistence through the finish. It finishes with a bit of heat on the back end, but otherwise this is a well-balanced, beautiful Pinot.