2012 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards

Publication
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
February 2014
Award
(91-93) Points
Review

The 2012 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards impresses for its cut, energy and tension. Lemon, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks are all very much alive in a wine that impresses for its vivid flavors and pure sense of mineral drive. I tasted the 2012 from tank just prior to bottling. 

Publication
The Wine Advocate
Author
Robert Parker
Date
December 2013
Award
(91-94) Points
Review

More tropical in nature, it is a juicy white displaying notes of pineapples, apricot marmalade, wet gravel and a hint of honeyed citrus. With crisp acids, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a long finish, it can be drunk over the next 5-6 years. 

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

Inviting aromas of musky orange oil and hazelnutty, sulfidey lees. Savory and aromatic in the mouth, with vibrant acidity giving shape to the viscous mid-palate. Peach and spice flavors are complicated by minerals and earth. Finishes strong and perfumed. An excellent showing.

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

Light golden yellow color in the glass. A knockout nose features bright, fresh aromas of apple, yellow grapefruit, lemon zest and ocean air. Delicious and refreshing, with flavors of lemon curd, grapefruit, gooseberry and a hint of toasty oak. The finish is alive with lemon-driven, stony acidity and lasts and lasts. Bring on the oysters.

Publication
The Press Democrat
Author
Peg Melnik
Date
June 11, 2014
Award
4 Stars "A Standout"
Review

This is a gorgeous Chardonnay with great complexity. Rich, with aromas and flavors of stone fruit, lemon, crème brûlée and brioche. Lingering finish. A standout. 

Publication
California Grapevine
Date
June 2014
Award
90 Points
Review

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, earthy, citrussy, pear and apple aroma; medium-full body; crisp, lemony, pear and apple flavors with complimenting, well integrated oak; lingering aftertaste. Well balanced and deserving a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 

Publication
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Date
July 2014
Award
90 Points, 1 Star
Review

It has plenty of tactile presence, and both its aromas and flavors smack of citrus, toast, green apples and roasted nuts without being overtly fruity.

Publication
WineReviewOnline.com
Author
Robert Whitley
Date
July 8, 2014
Award
96 Points
Review

The purchase of Freestone Vineyards some years ago was a stroke of genius by Phelps, allowing the Napa Valley winery to stretch itself with a serious peek into the world of Burgundian-style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Almost since its inception the Phelps Chardonnays from the Freestone Vineyards have ranked among the finest in California, and this 2012 is no exception. It possesses that rare combination of power and elegance, with layered complexity, mouth-filling texture and, most important, backbone. This vintage exhibits aromas of lemon oil and spice, with mouth-watering acidity and a long, persistent finish.

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Virginie Boone
Date
September 2014
Award
94 points, Cellar Selection
Review

Made from estate-grown fruit near the chilly Sonoma Coast town of Freestone, this is a fully layered wine, expertly balanced in acidity yet offering plenty of full-figured mouthfeel and viscous pleasure. It delivers an electric mix of Meyer lemon, minerals and brioche, and will please a diverse range of palates. –V.B.

Publication
SNOW Magazine
Author
Erica Duecy
Date
Fall/Winter 2014
Award
Recommended
Review

Juicy, apricot and lemon notes with creamy texture and a long finish.