Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard is more fruit-driven than the Pastorale. Immediate and juicy, the 2010 jumps from the glass with layers of radiant red fruit. I would prefer to drink the 2010 while the fruit remains front and center. This supple, resonant Pinot is another gorgeous wine from Phelps. The 2010 is a blend of roughly equal parts Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyards. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
Wine EnthusiastThis shows the power and purity of the winery's coastal Pastorale and Quarter Moon vineyards, in this cool vintage that allowed for long hang time. Although some coastal Pinots were plagued by rot, this one was not, resulting in a wine with delicious raspberry and cherry notes, accented by new French oak. It's very fine, complex and enjoyable now.
Wine SpectatorDistinctive, with briny oyster shell minerality that imparts a chalky edge. The wild berry flavors are tightly wound, with firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2021. 2,650 cases made.