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2011 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay "Freestone Vineyards"

Joseph Phelps 2011 Freestone Chardonnay

Winery: Joseph Phelps

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Freestone Vineyards"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $55

Cases produced: 2,150

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 7 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: January 8, 2014

Wine Review: This yellow colored Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast opens with a fragrant and inviting butterscotch and gentle apple bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic, rich and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a delicious toasted oak and lemon butter blend with hints of Bartlett pear, white pepper, and mild apple. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time. The impressive oak styled Chardonnay will appeal to fans of that style. Pair it with chicken cordon bleu. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2011 Chardonnay is a mix of the best selections from the estate, including some heirloom selections that help to define the blend’s character and structure. This Chardonnay opens with a bright bouquet overflowing with apple, honeysuckle, white flower and Meyer lemon zest laced with notes of crushed rock and toasted Brioche. Fresh and lively with balanced minerality and a creamy texture, the wine boasts tart green apple, lemon custard and honeydew melon flavors throughout. Long and lingering, the finish is touched with stone fruit and sweet vanilla.

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