Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard 2017 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [VM 94] [JS 94] [RP 92+]

Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard 2017
(Sonoma Coast, California) - [VM 94] [JS 94] [RP 92+]

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VM94 JS94 RP92+
About the Winery:
The winery was founded in 1973 by Joseph Phelps, whose early interest in wine led him to establish vineyards on a 670-acre former cattle ranch in Napa Valley. Over the next 42 years Joe became one of the most respected figures in the California wine industry, building Joseph Phelps Vineyards into a critically-acclaimed winery internationally known for its iconic wines and unwavering commitment to quality.
Joe Phelps founded a second estate in Freestone, located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, a mere six miles from the Pacific Ocean in 1999; there were a few vineyards in the area, but not many. Better known for cattle, pasture and forest land, the region was socked in by fog that lingered into the early afternoon on most summer days. For grapes, this cool area was relatively untested. But with its Goldridge soils and rumored potential for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it was a region that the Phelps family was willing to bet on.

Notes from the Winemaker:
Our Chardonnay grapes are picked at night to preserve fruit integrity and freshness, followed by whole cluster pressing cold for barrel fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Barrels were stirred as necessary, resulting in a finely layered, concentrated wine. The 2017 Chardonnay has a voluptuous, ripe nose of lemon peel and candied tropical fruit followed by vibrant citrus throughout the palate with a flinty, saline quality and a hint of toast on the finish.

Blend: 100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Freestone Vineyards.

Aging: 13 months in 42% new and 58% once used French oak puncheons and barrels.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is a very pretty and also understated wine from Phelps. Yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all grace this expressive, pliant Chardonnay. Beams of supporting acidity support the nuanced finish. This is in a pretty restrained style for Phelps, and that is not a bad thing, as these wines have, at times, been a bit bombastic." - Antonio Galloni (May 2019)

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A white that grows slowly on the palate with dried apples and light pear and lime character. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean and vivid finish. Serious and linear. Drink now." (May 3, 2019)

92+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Aged 13 months in 42% new French oak puncheons and barrels, the 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard has an open nose of lush white peach, apricot, baked quince and poached pears with nuances of acacia blossom, wet stone and lemon zest. Medium-bodied, it's very lively in the mouth with layers of citrus and stone fruit with mineral accents, framed by great tangy acidity, finishing long and clean. 2,400 cases produced." - Erin Brooks (30th Apr 2019)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This offers fresh-cut green apple and lemon-lime flavors that are backed by fresh acidity. The minerally finish features some saline notes, which linger with crunchy freshness. Drink now through 2023. 2,400 cases made." - KM (Web Only - 2019)