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2010 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast
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About 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 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast

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

Expert Reviews

90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012

Bright green-yellow.  Vibrant aromas of lime, orange oil and flowers, plus a whiff of brioche.  Tactile, juicy and crisp, with strong fruit-driven flavors of green tropical fruits, lemon and pineapple.  Very good density and freshness here, but in a cooler style than the 2009 bottling.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Better with Age
12/27/2013
by fleischer11011616
Having finished the 2008 version, this wine gains complexity with bottle age. I have compared this to a number of the Kistler single vineyard selections and the Freestone, while not quite as rich, delivers great floral and melon notes and can be equally delightful to drink.
Crisp and Clean
02/20/2013
by fleischer11011616
For those who like their chards without oak or butter, this is a winner. Notes of tropical fruit and melon, this is a lovely and reasonably complex wine. One of my favorites, it is extremely versatile in pairing with a variety of foods due to its good acidity and lovely tropical fruit.
...a disappointment.
05/26/2013
by corbett12119223
I was taken in by WA's profile on this wine which proved to be generous. I'm stuck with a case so we'll see if any improvement takes place but the mid-palate was absent...little texture and an elusive finish.

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Chardonnay

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