James Suckling Awards Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir 96 Points
2015 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
96 points, "A very stylishly assembled pinot that has a wealth of ripe red cherries framed in subtle, savory smoked meats and oak-derived spices. Has a sappy edge, too. The palate has a seamless fluid feel. A really explosive finish with silky texture and bright, energetic red-fruit flavors." (winery exclusive)
2015 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
94 points, "Aromas of blackberries, lightly grilled meat and dried strawberries. Full-bodied, very structured and tannic with zesty acidity that holds it all down. An anchored wine with beautiful fruit in the center palate." (winery exclusive)
2015 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
94 points, "Very bright ripe strawberry aromas with flowers. So much juicy fruit. Full body, layered tannins and a soft yet fresh finish. Thanks to the bright acidity, it maintains its focus and integrity."
2016 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
93 points, "Very attractive baking spices and gently toasty oak across ripe raspberries and strawberries with light savory baking spices and bergamot. The palate has a bright crunchy red cherry-berry core. Tannins are succulent and the freshness is alluring."
2016 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
94 points, "Love the salty and mineral character to this wine with lime and lemon undertones. Zest and creamy undertones, too. Full body and tangy acidity. Intensely long and flavorful."
2016 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
94 points, "This has impressive weight and still holds an edge of tension and energy. It delivers big peach and melon aromas with gentle toffee and custard notes. Some hazelnuts, too. The palate has a svelte, long and fleshy feel, sweeping layers of stone-fruit flavors. Some grapefruit to close." (winery exclusive)