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August 10th, 2020

Jeb Dunnuck: 2018 West Sonoma Coast

The Wines of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners - August 2020

2018 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
93 points
- The 2018 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards saw just a touch of stems (16%) and 13 months in 39% new French oak. Lots of mulled red and black fruits, flowery incense, a kiss of cola, and earth all emerge from this medium-bodied, rounded, brilliantly put together Pinot Noir. As seamless and gulpable as they come, it has light tannins, outstanding length, and is going to evolve for 7-8 years or more.

2018 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
95 Points
- The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards, aged 13 months in 41% new oak, reveals a medium gold hue as well as rocking notes of buttered lemons, white flowers, and brioche. It's pure, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has a great finish. It gains even more complexity with time in the glass, revealing more green almonds, toasted bread, and mint-laced nuances. I love it today, yet it has a good spice of acidity and is going to evolve gracefully for 4-6 years.

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