2005 Freestone - Pinot Noir 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Good dark ruby-red. Aromas of wild berries, smoked meat and minerals. Tight and sappy in the mouth, with firm acids giving shape to the rather wild flavors of berries, spices, minerals, cola and mocha. This conveys an impression of solid extract and finishes with substantial sweet tannins and very good freshness and length. A first release that showcases the considerable potential of Phelps' Freestone site. This is a selection of the best lots; there is also a second bottling under the Fog Dog label.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Average rating: 89, based on 1 reviews

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116 bottles owned by 41 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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