2011 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
Like all the Phelps Chardonnays and Pinots, the 2011 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard went through a complete malolactic fermentation, and was aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It offers a steely minerality as well as abundant white currant, quince and citrus oil characteristics, medium body, wonderful intensity, and a complete, satisfying texture and mouthfeel.
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.
A lovely chardonnay with aromas and flavors of apple, melon and toasty oak. This cool-climate chardonnay has great balance, nice length and a rich finish.
This classy, elegant Chardonnay offers wonderful aromas and flavors of citrus zest, vanilla blossom and smoky minerals. It boasts a surprisingly rich texture, showing remarkable balance with beautiful vibrancy providing lift and energy to the wine.
What a roll Phelps has been on these past few cool vintages in this, its far Sonoma Coast vineyard. The wine is bright in mouthwatering acidity, and tantalizing, with a subtle vein of lime, golden mango, orange zest and honeysuckle. Firm minerals are enriched by toasty oak. The alcohol is moderate. As delicious as this wine is, it should develop nicely over the next 5-6 years.
This golden wine contrasts ripe peach and honeyed pear flavors with broad, nutty richness. The earthiness of the wine comes up with air, checking the sweetness of the fruit and leaving a clean impression in the end. Decant it to bring out the flavor depths, then serve it with grilled turbot.
Phelps Chardonnays from Freestone have from the first been ageworthy wines of precise fruit, fine depth and great structure, and this one from the very cool 2011 harvest is a tight, high-acid working that is not merely capable of aging but absolutely demands it. Its teasing glimmers of juicy apples, sweet oak and minerals foreshadow fine things to come...
Today the 2011 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is quite a bit more exotic than it was a year ago. Sweet floral, honey and almond notes are beginning to develop in bottle, adding considerable nuance. Nectarine and apricot overtones flesh out on the inviting finish. This is a terrific showing for the 2011.