June 29th, 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate - 2016 Sonoma Report

Robert Parker Wine Advocate - 2016 Sonoma Report

"At the risk of sounding like a broken record, 2016 was another amazing vintage for Sonoma and Napa. Yep, that makes five vintages in a row now—2012 to 2016—each of which is hard to fault in terms of quality. They all have their own highlights in terms of vineyards and varieties as well as vintage personalities... there is a profound quiet intensity with remarkable tension about the best, most age-worthy 2016s that is truly compelling." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2016 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
94 points, “The 2016 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard features delicate lemon juice, orange blossoms and baking bread notes with hints of white grapefruit, chalk dust, yuzu and lemongrass. The palate is medium to full-bodied, very refreshing and tightly wound at this youthful stage, with super intense citrus flavors and gorgeous mineral sparks, finishing long and savory.” (New Release)

2016 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyard
93 points, “Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard leaps from the glass with an intense perfume of violets, redcurrants and black cherries with hints of black pepper, lavender, cinnamon stick and black tea. The palate is medium-bodied and very elegant yet wonderfully intense with a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and fragrant.” (Summer 2018 Release)

2016 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
95 points, “The 2016 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard has a seductively peachy nose with notions of white peaches, beeswax, ginger and honeysuckle with hints of crushed rocks and green guava. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bags of stone fruit and tropical flavors with a creamy texture and lively line lifting the very long, spicy finish.” (Winery-Exclusive Summer 2018 Release)

2016 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
94 points, “The 2016 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard is medium to deep ruby-purple colored and offers up black raspberries and warm cranberry scents with nuances of red roses, oolong tea, underbrush and black truffles. The medium-bodied palate reveals very soft, silky, super ripe tannins, with a racy backbone supporting the intense black and red berry layers, finishing long and earthy.” (Winery-Exclusive 2019 Release)

2016 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
95 points, “Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard is a little reticent to begin, displaying subtle notes of pomegranate, Bing cherries and mulberries with wafts of potpourri, dried Provence herbs, cassia, allspice and dusty soil. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a lively line of acid framing the intense red berry and spicy layers, it finishes on a lingering mineral note.” (Winery-Exclusive 2019 Release)

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