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Ovation Sparkling Wine Release
Following Joe’s passing in the spring of 2015, the Phelps family and winemaking team in Freestone decided to honor Joe’s incredible legacy by creating the winery’s first sparkling wine. Joseph Phelps Ovation Sparkling Wine serves as an appropriate tribute to a life worthy of applause.
Originally released as a still Chardonnay bottling in the early 1990s, Joseph Phelps Ovation was a favorite of winery founder Joe Phelps. The name gave praise and applause to a distinct Chardonnay bottling in select vintages.
The 2015 Ovation is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from our Freestone estate. Aged en tirage for three years, the wine is scented with stone fruit, white flower, exotic guava notes and a hint of toasted brioche. Delicate, refined acid structure with focused layers of Meyer lemon, ripe pear and just picked apricots highlight an expansive mouth feel and lingering finish. Exceptional upon release, with additional flavor benefits when cellared.
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we release the first sparkling wine ever produced by Joseph Phelps Vineyards! Five years in the making and a labor of love and commitment to winemaking excellence, Ovation Sparkling Wine highlights exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blocks from our Sonoma Coast estate in a bottling that fondly remembers our past while looking toward a bright future.