2011 Freestone Vineyards (Joseph Phelps) - Chardonnay 750ml

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2011 Freestone Vineyards (Joseph Phelps) - Chardonnay

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International Wine Cellar | 90

(half aged in 50% new 500-liter oak puncheons, the other half in 35% new barriques): Bright yellow. Sappy aromas of peach, fresh apricot, tangerine and honey. Sappy, juicy and dry, offering considerable early appeal to its savory flavors of citrus and stone fruits and spices. Not a particularly fleshy wine but finishes with tactile minerality and a suggestion of exotic fruits. The alcohol is a reasonable 13.5%.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168

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Wine Advocate | 93

Like all the Phelps Chardonnays and Pinots, the 2011 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard went through a complete malolactic fermentation, and was aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It offers a steely minerality as well as abundant white currant, quince and citrus oil characteristics, medium body, wonderful intensity, and a complete, satisfying texture and mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.

Drink Dates: 2013-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 210

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Wine Spectator | 88

Sleek and elegant, with modest but well-focused notes of lemon, citrus, green apple and peach, ending fresh and lively.

Drink Dates: 2013-2017
Author: James Laube

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About This Producer

Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.

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