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2008 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) Chardonnay Napa
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About Freestone (Joseph Phelps)

Joseph Phelps Vineyards was born out of owner Joseph Phelps's love for the Napa Valley, which he discovered while his construction firm was building a winery near St. Helena. Today, Joseph Phelps Vineyards produces several wines that are 100% estate grown, including the flagship Insignia, a lush, highly concentrated blend of Bordeaux varietals.

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2008 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) Chardonnay Napa

Producer: Freestone (Joseph Phelps)
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Bright medium yellow.  Fresh peach and nectarine, apple, sexy brown spices, hazelnut, flowers and talc-y minerality on the nose and palate.  Densely packed and spicy, with superb energy keeping the wine quite high-pitched in the mouth.  Offers impressive intensity without weight.  A burst of energy and an element of dusty stone support the strong fruit flavors on the long aftertaste. The 2008s?? were picked between 21.5 and 23 degrees Brix, noted winemaker Theresa Heredia, and were lightly acidified.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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