Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2018

Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2018

 

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Joseph Phelps
Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : USA
  • Region : California (AVA Sonoma)
  • Subregion Sonoma
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 95 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 95 2018
WS Wine Spectator 92 2018
DCT Decanter 91 2018
CG Connoisseurs' Guide 90 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2017
JS James Suckling 94 2017
JD Jeb Dunnuck 94 2017
W&S Wines & Spirits 92 2014
More information on wine critics and ratings

This exceptionally balanced Chardonnay has real depth and grip, married to incisive acidity and well-defined, complex flavours of citrus, honeysuckle and brioche.

Full-bodied yet refined and mineral, this is a true reflection of its coastal origins.

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2018)
The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard, aged 13 months in 41% new French oak, takes its time on the nose, slowly opening to notes of saline, crushed nuts, lemon peel and quince. The palate is medium-bodied, juicy and very silky, its citrusy fruits opening to savory hints underneath, and it finishes very long and nuanced. Give it another couple years in bottle to gain in amplitude.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 95 Points (2018)
From estategrown grapes, this impressively layered, complex and cool-climate characteristic white is layered in gravelly texture and crushed rock. Briny ocean influence coats a crisp core of green apple and Meyer lemon, leading to a complete finish.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 92 Points (2018)
Intense minerality accents the sleek pear tart and apple pastry flavors, loaded with rich, vibrant acidity. Viscous midpalate, with angel food and creamy accents on the luscious and well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2025.

Decanter (DCT) : 91 Points (2018)
Freestone Vineyards is Joseph Phelps Vineyards' 40ha Sonoma Coast project. This Chardonnay, from estate vineyards, spent 13 months in 40% new barriques as well as puncheons. It shows its Sonoma Coast origins on the nose, with notes of fresh bay leaf and green apples. The mid-weight palate has just enough acidity to balance, while the finish is currently tight and short. Drinking Window 2020 – 2030

Connoisseurs' Guide (CG) : 90 Points (2018)
The Freestone bottling from Joseph Phelps are typically among the tighter, more-structured Chardonnays when very young, and the 2018 version is no exception, yet even though fairly restrained just now, the wine offers a clear look at fresh and very vibrant, citrus-tinged, green apple fruit with subtle, sweet oak and suggestions of minerals forecasting certain complexity to come. It is both moderately full and fairly crisp in balance without letting acidity become too pronounced, and, if there are sure to be those who revel in its zesty piquancy right now, it has much more in store for those willing to lay it away and wait for another three or four years.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2017)
The 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is a very pretty and also understated wine from Phelps. Yellow orchard fruit, white flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all grace this expressive, pliant Chardonnay. Beams of supporting acidity support the nuanced finish. This is in a pretty restrained style for Phelps, and that is not a bad thing, as these wines have, at times, been a bit bombastic.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2017)
A white that grows slowly on the palate with dried apples and light pear and lime character. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean and vivid finish. Serious and linear. Drink now.

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 94 Points (2017)
Looking first at the Chardonnays, the 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and spent 13 months in 42% new French oak. It’s a winner, offering terrific notes of ripe peach, citrus oil, and salty minerality, medium to full body, good acidity, and fabulous overall balance. (1/2020)

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 92 Points (2014)
Planted in 1999, the Joseph Phelps vineyard in Freestone grows over 20 acres of chardonnay on wind-cooled hillsides. This vintage is vibrant and delicious: The richness of its oak quickly becomes an afterthought as the coltish acidity of the site takes hold, driving aromas of yellow raspberries and grapefruit that bristle with energy in the end. Decant this for mahi mahi, or age it another few years. (8/2016)

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Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2018 Reviewed by Robert Parker 02-02-2021 . Score: 4