New Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Reviews from Wine Enthusiast
We are pleased to share new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reviews from Virginie Boone for the August issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
95 points - Joseph Phelps 2015 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
Voluptuously succulent and welcoming, this coastal wine seduces with its caramel apple, pear and preserved lemon flavors, edged with high-toned acidity and an exotic touch of sea spray. That sense of the sea plays out on the palate in texture, too, with a stony note that lingers in nutty spice. New Release.
94 points - Joseph Phelps 2015 Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
Youthfully wound up yet fleshy, this wine slowly opens to reveal a sense of crispness, wet stone-like minerality and a taste of fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean. Apple skin, Meyer lemon and key lime flavors provide upfront freshness; toasted oak and almond qualities add substance and weight. (Limited to Phelps Preferred only at this time)
94 points - Joseph Phelps 2014 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
From another of the producer’s coastal estate sites, this wine is juicy, spicy and leathery-a celebration of fresh wild strawberries and buzzy acidity. Earth, rose and white pepper flavors add welcome complexity within a tightly woven frame of structure and length. New Release.
93 points - Joseph Phelps 2014 Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
This coastal, cool-climate estate wine is fresh and fruity, with plush tannins that feel velvety on the tongue. Cranberry, pomegranate and orange flavors provide complexity, complemented by black tea and forest floor notes. (Limited to Phelps Preferred only at this time)