2016 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
Winemaker Notes This wine opens with bold dark fruit, savory smoked meat, blueberry and cracked pink pepper aromatics. Seamlessly integrated tannins enhance a cranberry compote and sweet cherry core with a layered red fruit, vanilla and herbs de Provence finish.
Winemaking Data A limited-edition bottling highlighting select Pinot Noir blocks within our Quarter Moon Vineyard planted to Calera, clone 90, clone 96, clone 777, clone 459 and clone 828. Clusters were hand-sorted in order to separate the best for whole cluster fermentation. The 2016 vintage was 22% whole cluster fermented, adding spice, texture and structure, and 25% of the grapes were then selected for fermentation in oak-top fermenters, lending a distinct richness to the wine’s final blend. Gentle punch downs were performed during fermentation until a desired taste and texture was achieved in each tank.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Sonoma Coast growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in an early bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. The 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, especially in August and September, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the Pinot Noir blocks.
95 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard is a little reticent to begin, displaying subtle notes of pomegranate, Bing cherries and mulberries with wafts of potpourri, dried Provence herbs, cassia, allspice and dusty soil. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a lively line of acid framing the intense red berry and spicy layers, it finishes on a lingering mineral note. (June 2018)
94 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
Structured and lively in fresh acidity, this is an impressive wine from an impressive vintage, made from grapes grown in the foggy wilds of Freestone. Broad, baked fruit flavors of pomegranate, strawberry and orange peel give it additional brightness and length, complex within a soft-balanced frame of underlying delicacy. (Aug. 2019)
94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Inky red and purplish fruit, hard candy, exotic spice and wild flowers infuse the 2016 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard with much of its distinctive inner sweetness and raciness. Deep and creamy through the middle and into the finish, the Quarter Moon is another plush, big wine from Phelps. (July 2018)
94 Points - James Suckling
This is a great wine in 2016 in which the balance and tannin ripeness has been nicely struck. Aromas of bergamot, pomegranate and ripe dark-fleshed stone fruits, plenty of cherries, as well as a sappy edge. The palate has a beautifully captured nutty tannin thread that is long and seamless. (Nov. 2018)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Quarter Moon Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 6-10, 2016
Aging/Cooperage 13 months in 50% new and 50% two-year-old French oak barrels before bottling.