2019 Proem No. 4 Chardonnay
This Chardonnay is from a lush and lively haven.
Price $175.00, $140.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% Chardonnay from block 215 of our Pastorale Vineyard, planted to heritage clone Montrachet.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Aging/Cooperage Aged for 15 months in 60% new and 40% used French oak puncheons.
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.
Winemaking Data Block 215 from our Pastorale Vineyard, planted to heritage clone Montrachet. The fruit was whole cluster pressed and aged for 15 months in 60% new and 40% used French oak puncheons. The inaugural vintage of Joseph Phelps Proem Chardonnay has been aged in bottle for over a year prior to its release. A 30 minute decanting is suggested before enjoyment or add to your cellar for up to 10 years.
Winemaker Notes A pure Chardonnay expression from our Pastorale Vineyard with a lemon, fragrant floral, and minerally aromatic entry. A wine of great freshness, tension, and complexity, displaying ripe lemon zest, a hint of toast, and a chalky saline character as if touched by the ocean breeze. The mouthfeel is rich and round with silky tannins, textural refinement, and a lengthy finish.
Vintage Notes In 2019, bud break occurred around the same time as 2018 but was delayed compared to our historical averages due to cold, saturated soils from the wet winter, particularly in February. Cool weather continued throughout spring with an unusual amount of rainfall which delayed bloom in some areas. Canopy management was key in 2019 due to vigorous growth and moderate temperatures. July was cooler than average, but August and September warmed to push ripening ahead. In 2019, the quality of Chardonnay from our Sonoma Coast estate was excellent with well-developed flavors, naturally fresh acidity and superb balance.
96 Points - James Suckling
This has aromas of flowers, apricots, praline, buttered toast, salted almonds and cloves. Layered, rich and flavorful, yet fresh, with a full body. Creamy, long and deliciously nutty. Fantastic balance of intensity and elegance. Drink or hold. -May 2022
94 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chardonnay Freestone Estate Proem #4 was fermented in new (50%) and older (40%) 500-liter puncheons. It offers singular aromas of underripe banana and warm lemons with touches of chalk and flint. The medium-bodied palate is youthfully tangy and bright, with a gently rounded texture and a tense, mineral-driven finish. Allow it to unwind in bottle over the next 2-3 years. -EB, July 2022