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2009 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards (750ml)
Producer: Joseph Phelps Vineyards jpvwines.com
Appellation: Sonoma Coast - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$46.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: February 6, 2013 , Warren Shafer
tasted: August 10, 2013 , Michael Calabria
tasted: May 3, 2013 , Michael Haley
90 points "I struggled with rating this wine as your enjoyment will depend on what your palette expects from Pinot Noir. First impression is an overwhelming menthol nose, which dissipates after about 30 minutes. Intense, deep color, and a bit of a tart flavor profile. Not a Pinot for the faint of heart."
tasted: July 2, 2014 , from a member
91 points "Color: dark; Nose: fragrant; Aromas: mineral, floral, herbal, spicy, red berry; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: dry; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: bold; Complex array of flavors including cherry, cranberry, menthol and leather. Lingering finish." Best 2014-2016
rated: December 15, 2011 , Wine Enthusiast winemag.com
92 points "92 points Wine Enthusiast - Enormously ripe in cherries, raspberries, cranberries and dates, almost sweet, except that it’s totally dry, and the acidity is fresh and bright. A big, big wine that dazzles for sheer power, although it’s not especially subtle right now. That could change in the cellar. Give it a few years, and then a good decanting before service. (12/2011)"
rated: February 15, 2012 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
92 points "92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2009 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards bursts from the glass with an exciting array of sweet black cherries, herbs, dried flowers, licorice and tar, all supported by lively minerality. This focused, beautifully delineated Pinot is first-class all the way. The Freestone bottling is 53% Pastorale Vineyard and 47% Quarter Moon Vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. (2/ 2012)" Best 2013-2019
rated: May 15, 2012 , International Wine Cellar wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
90 points "90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - (vinified with 30% whole clusters, down a bit from the previous vintage): Good full red. Perfumed, high-toned aromas of red and dark berries, pungent spicy oak and flowers. Youthfully tight and not showing its flesh today, with a peppery quality contributing to the wine's juiciness and impression of structure. Still a bit edgy on the finish and in need of another year or two of bottle aging. 90(+?) points (5/2012)" Best 2014-2016
rated: June 15, 2012 , James Suckling
95 points "95 points James Suckling (named a "Top Ten Wine of 2012") Intense purity of fruit with blackberries and dried lemon skin. Dark chocolate and coffee. Full body, with a juicy, chewy and ripe palate with green pepper and jalapeno. Lovely fruit too. This with pulled pork would be mind-blowing. Drink or hold.(6/2012)" Best 2012-2016