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Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards
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16¾/20

Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards 2016

Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThe 2016 harvest lasted some 20 nights from September 9 – 29 for this Freestone Vineyards chardonnay. It spends 13 months in 35 percent new French oak puncheons and barrels, 65 percent of which are first fill. The barrels are stirred during the long malolactic fermentation. Always fragrant, the 2016 seems even more so, offering up green apple and citrus peel, while on the palate baked apple and nectarine pervades a fresh, mineral finish kissed with oak. It is impressive stuff and well above what folks might generally think of California chardonnay.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 71.54 private wine shops, restaurants AB 75.03 private wine stores Producer: Joseph Phelps VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
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Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 201129UPC: 010465530509