2008 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
September 2011
Award
90 Points
Review

So brisk in acidity, you can taste the ocean winds that chill this coastal vineyard at night. It's also extraordinarily ripe. Few Pinot Noirs get this fruity. Floods the mouth with the essence of raspberries and cherries. The acidity and a firm minerality give it much needed structure.

Publication
Decanter
Author
Linda Murphy
Date
September 2011
Award
4 Stars
Review

Cool black cherry and plum flavors are framed by brisk acidity and a hint of minerality. ...this generous, focused wine represents Joseph Phelps Vineyards' Pinot efforts admirably.

Publication
Quarterly Review of Wines
Date
Spring 2011
Award
4 Stars "Excellent"
Review

"Big, rich, vibrant, black cherry, spice and coffee flavors."

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May/June 2011
Award
90 Points
Review

Good bright dark red. Black raspberry, cherry, cola, pepper and flowers on the nose. Creamy and ripe on entry, then firmer in the middle, with lovely perfume and energy, to the flavors of raspberry, cranberry, rose petal, brown spices and minerals. Juicy but substantial pinot noir, finishes with piquant pepper and herb notes from vinification with a portion of the stems.