2018 Proem No. 1 Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir is from Jupiter. No, really.

Price $225.00, $180.00 (Phelps Preferred)

Blend and Grape Sources 100% Pinot Noir from block 225 of our Quarter Moon Vineyard, planted to 75% clone 90 and 25% clone 96 (both are same source material as Calera).

Appellation Sonoma Coast

Aging/Cooperage Aged for 15 months in 53% New French oak and 47% used French oak barrels.

Overview Proem: A preamble to a story.

Singular expression wines from the Joseph Phelps Freestone Estate, where site and clonal selection are the beginning of a new and distinctive winemaking story.

We are pleased to introduce Joseph Phelps Proem No.1 and Proem No. 2 from our Freestone Estate on the western Sonoma Coast. Each bottling represents a sense of place, the purest expression of our Freestone Estate. We invite you to join us on this journey.

Sonoma Coast Winemaker Justin Ennis identified our first clonal block selection in 2014. During the initial tasting of young Pinot Noirs from this vintage, a block stood out and begged to remain separate during aging. Justin decided in the end to bottle the winery's first ever block designated Pinot Noir. The 2014 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard, Block 212 wine was richer in texture, depth, and concentration when singled out on its own. The seed was planted. In select years, the winery would highlight distinctive blocks that offer a pure expression of our Freestone Estate.

Winemakers have their favorites and Justin has a great affinity for Swan, Calera, and clone 777 Pinot Noir. In our Pastorale Vineyard, he especially likes fruit from block 212, a section of the vineyard lovingly called Old Oak due to the ancient old oak tree growing at the base of this vineyard. The same can be said for our Quarter Moon Vineyard. The vineyard is planted in a crescent moon shape and each block was given a planetary name. Block 225 was named after Jupiter.

During the 2018 harvest, two very distinctive lots were held separate, each to be fermented with a larger percentage of whole cluster fruit, and a longer barrel aging regime. At blending, it was determined to bottle the wines separately. These two wines had a different story to tell.

Winemaking Data Block 225 from our Quarter Moon Vineyard, planted to 75% clone 90 and 25% clone 96 (both are same source material as Calera), 36% whole cluster inclusion. Aged for 15 months in 53% New French oak and 47% used French oak barrels. The inaugural vintages of Joseph Phelps Proem wines have been aged in bottle for over a year prior to their release. A one hour decanting is suggested before enjoyment, or add to your cellar for 10-15 years.

Winemaker Notes A wine of serious distinction and refinement with tantalizing aromas of ripe dark fruit, savory dried herbs and hints of forest floor. An expansive, layered palate of blackberry and black cherry with an effortless tannin structure to create a complex, balanced wine with equal parts grace and power. A pure illustration of the Quarter Moon Vineyard’s complexity and refinement on display to the seamless finish.

Vintage Notes The 2018 Sonoma Coast growing season was marked by cool, mild weather. The cooler than normal spring delayed budbreak, bloom and veraison by two weeks compared to the previous five years. The mild weather patterns in August and September allowed for excellent overall phenological ripening and development of a complex aroma and flavor profile in the finished wines.

Release Date October 2021

Reviews 99 Points - James Suckling
This is a fantastic pinot and so intense, with orange-peel, strawberry and floral character. It’s medium-bodied with a round texture and lively acidity. Electric on the palate. Zingy. Crazy stuff. Single plot, single clone. From Clone 996 (Calera). 36% whole-cluster fermentation. 400 cases made. Sold through the tasting room. Give this time to come together completely, but so great. Try after 2024. -JS (Dec. 2021)

95 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Proem #1 offers exceptional purity and complexity. Its aromas undulate from pomegranate and cranberry to tones of tea leaves, saline, wood smoke and rusty iron. Medium-bodied, it has refreshing bursts of acidity and velvety tannins to balance its concentrated fruit and boasts a flourish of spicy accents on the long finish. -EB, July 2022