2015 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 95
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

"The Chardonnays are all barrel-fermented in puncheons and barrels, and go through 100% malolactic. The 2015 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard has a rock star nose of opulent pineapple, guava and green mango notes with touches of brioche and butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a satiny texture, it fills the palate with intense tropical fruits and savory flavors, marked by a lively backbone and finishing with some minerality." (WA)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is soft, succulent and deeply expressive. Orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and chamomile all develop in the glass. This is a very pleasing, open-knit style that straddles a stylistic middle ground between the brighter Chardonnays that are often made from these coastal sites and more mainstream approach that perhaps emphasizes more generosity and textural richness." (VM)

"Voluptuously succulent and welcoming, this coastal wine seduces with its caramel apple, pear and preserved lemon flavors, edged with high-toned acidity and an exotic touch of seaspray. That sense of the sea plays out on the palate in texture, too, with a stony note that lingers in nutty spice." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Winemaking Notes:
To preserve fruit integrity and freshness, our vineyards are picked under lights and whole cluster pressing cold directly to barrel for fermentation. Barrels were stirred as necessary during malolactic fermentation, resulting in a focused, opulent wine. Bright and fresh, the 2015 Chardonnay envelopes the senses with lemon zest, green apple and jasmine aromas. A richly textured mouth feel with inviting citrus notes, stone fruit and lemon custard throughout the palate, followed by crushed oyster shell minerality and a subtle toasted brioche finish.