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2010 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard Sonoma Coast
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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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2010 Freestone (Joseph Phelps) Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard Sonoma Coast

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

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

Yellow-green.  Musky aromas of white peach, orange blossom and nutty lees lifted by minerals and lime.  Rounder and drier than the basic chardonnay bottling; less fruity and more serious.  The mineral element gives this fairly full chardonnay a firm, youthfully dry quality on the back end.  Less ripe and plush than the 2009 version.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
93+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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