2011 Freestone Vineyards (Joseph Phelps) - Chardonnay 750ml

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2011 Freestone Vineyards (Joseph Phelps) - Chardonnay
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(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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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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