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September 4th, 2020

Galloni: 2018 Sonoma Coast Report

Galloni: 2018 Sonoma Coast Report

2018 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
90 points, The 2018 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is a pretty, understated wine. Lemon oil, tangerine, white flowers and chamomile give the 2018 lovely lift and energy to match its mid-weight personality.

2018 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
94 points, The 2018 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard is complex and beautifully layered from the very first taste. Time in the glass brings out a whole range of aromas, flavors and textures. Lemon confit, white pepper and flowers give the 2018 aromatic brightness, but there’s also plenty of mid-palate pliancy and depth to balance things out. I especially like the wine’s palpable weight and strong-voiced character. (Phelps Preferred Member Release)

2018 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
92 points, The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) shows just how appealing the vintage is, even at the appellation level. Freshly cut roses, violet, crushed red berry and mint are all beautifully lifted in a weightless, gracious Pinot that is all finesse. There is a sense of translucence that is so alluring. The 2018 is pure and total class.

2018 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard
94 points, The 2018 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard melds together finesse with power. Black cherry, plum, hard candy, lavender, spice and licorice nuances all build on a deep, textured Pinot. A kick of new oak adds sweetness. Although quite appealing today, the 2018 needs a bit of time to shed some of its tannin. This is an especially virile, potent Pastorale cloaked in a shroud of elegance. Bright floral notes and a kick of acid punctuates the finish. (2021 Release)

2018 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
96 points, A deep, fleshy wine, the 2018 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard packs a serious punch. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, licorice and earthy notes all flesh out. The Quarter Moon is the richest of the three Pinots in the range. As such, it will appeal most to readers who like a denser style of Pinot. Even with all of that natural intensity, the 2018 remains bright and focused. It is a terrific example of this great Sonoma vintage. (2021 Release)

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