May 21st, 2019

Antonio Galloni - Best New Sonoma Releases

Antonio Galloni - Best New Sonoma Releases

Read Antonio Galloni's new Sonoma Report for Vinous with glowing reviews for our 2017 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

2017 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
94 points,
“The 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is a very pretty and also understated wine from Phelps. Yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all grace this expressive, pliant Chardonnay. Beams of supporting acidity support the nuanced finish.”

2017 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
95 points,
“The 2017 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard is gorgeous. Ample, full-bodied and intense in every dimension, the Pastorale is super-expressive today. The interplay of rich yellow fruit and more phenolic qualities makes for an absolutely compelling Chardonnay.” Winery Exclusive

2017 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
93 points,
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards is soft, supple and super-expressive. It offers dark cherry, plum, spice, leather and menthol on the nose, while bright red cherry, rose petal, mint and blood orange flavors are beautifully layered. The 20% whole clusters add aromatic nuance without overpowering the wine.” New Release

2017 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
97 points,
“The. 2017 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard is a total knockout. Fresh, vibrant and light on its feet, the 2017 dazzles with its striking purity and breathtaking balance. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berry fruit, anise and blood orange all infuse this fabulous Pinot Noir. Imagine a wine with the aromatics of red Burgundy, the fruit intensity of California Pinot and the acid/tannin feel of Nebbiolo, and that's pretty much what the Pastorale is all about. It is also the finest Sonoma Coast Pinot I have tasted yet from Joseph Phelps. In a word: magnificent!" (Spring 2020 Release)

2017 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
95+ points,
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard is quite a bit darker and more brooding than the Pastorale. Black cherry, plum, lavender, mint, licorice and cloves all meld together in a mysterious, sepia-toned Pinot that is going to need a few years to be at its very best. Even in the early going, the Quarter Moon is another winner from Joseph Phelps and winemaker Justin Ennis. I would give the tannins a few years to unwind.” (Spring 2020 Release)

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