2005 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards
Winemaker Notes The 2005 vintage was a challenge along the western Sonoma Coast and yields were extremely low in some of the Freestone vineyard blocks. Despite the difficulties, we managed to cherry-pick our barrels and produce a wine that is rich in both color and supple tannin, while also offering an elegant, aromatic bouquet of black cherries, allspice, forest floor and creamy oak. We suggest decanting the wine prior to serving.
Winemaking Data We are proud to present our inaugural release of Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir, a wine which is unfined, unfiltered, and truly representative of the rugged coastal region where Freestone is located.
The 2005 vintage in Sonoma County can be characterized generally as high yield and late-ripening with good sugar and acid balance. The rugged coastal climate in Freestone, however, provided some challenges such as poor berry set in some blocks, spring frost damage and botrytis, all of which yielded a smaller than expected crop in some blocks.
With a lot of attention and application of our biodynamic sprays and teas, the vines focused all of their energies on the smaller crop and provided grapes with concentrated and expressive regional flavors.
90-92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
A new project is the noteworthy 2005 Pinot Noir from the huge Freestone Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. This 400-600 case cuvée reveals good berry, cranberry, and cherry fruit along with decent acidity. It is an impressive, elegant Pinot offering loads of fruit as well as body. (Dec. 2006)
90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good dark ruby-red. Aromas of wild berries, smoked meat and minerals. Tight and sappy in the mouth, with firm acids giving shape to the rather wild flavors or berries, spices, minerals, cola and mocha. This conveys an impression of solid extract and finishes with substantial sweet tannins and very good freshness and length. At first release that showcases the considerable potential of Phelps' Freestone site. This is a selection of the best lots. (May/June 2007)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards (55% Freestone Vineyard and 45% Quarter Moon Vineyard).
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 25 - October 5, 2005
Aging/Cooperage 12 months in 50% new and 50% two-year-old French oak barrels before bottling.