2011 Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards
The 2011 Chardonnay Estate Freestone Vineyard is bright focused and highly articulate. Lemon, crushed rocks, pastry and white flowers take shape in a layered vibrant Chardonnay that impresses for its intensity and persistence. The 2011 Freestone is shaping up to be a winner. It is impeccably polished for such a young wine.
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...