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Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards
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Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards 2016

Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThe cumulative effect of the drought produced a small pinot noir vintage in 2016, but it doesn’t seem to have affected the quality of this juicy pinot noir. The nose is bright and aromatic with pronounced red fruit and moderate spicing. The entry is silky and seamless: a testament to the complex mix of 14-16 clones planted on the property. On the palate, the mix of cranberry, cherry, raspberries and dried herbs linger in a mouthfilling way before the long, sweet pinot finish kicks in. The texture and balance are a joy. Freestone is estate-grown pinot from Freestone Vineyards (51 percent Quarter Moon Vineyard and 49 percent Pastorale Vineyard) aged in French oak barrels, 38 percent of which are new the rest is all second-year barrels. Fine quality. Grilled wild Pacific salmon is the match.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 80.95 private wine stores, restaurants AB 84.27 private wine shops Producer: Joseph Phelps VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
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Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 621003UPC: 010465520500