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2011 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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2011 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast

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

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(half aged in 50% new 500-liter oak puncheons, the other half in 35% new barriques):  Bright yellow.  Sappy aromas of peach, fresh apricot, tangerine and honey.  Sappy, juicy and dry, offering considerable early appeal to its savory flavors of citrus and stone fruits and spices.  Not a particularly fleshy wine but finishes with tactile minerality and a suggestion of exotic fruits.  The alcohol is a reasonable 13.5%.

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

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