Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
The parts haven’t fully come together yet in this ageable wine. It has mouthwatering acidity and vastly complex flavors, ranging from ripe heirloom tomatoes, cola, pomegranates and cranberries, to ripe cherries and red currants. With flavors of oak and some hard tannins, it’s a natural for the cellar.
Gorgeous dark red cherries, savory herbs, licorice and mint are woven together in the 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard. Intense and rich, the 2011 is surprisingly rich for the year. Wilder, gamier notes appear later, adding complexity on the inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
Fresh, vibrant, cherry nose. Good attack, intense and lively, quite oaky but lacy, poised and long.
The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard has shut down in bottle considerably. Today the tannins are quite firm and clenched. The flavors are bright and expressive, while the savory notes typical of the cool year are very much evident, particularly some of the gamier nuances that have always been a part of this wine. I would give the 2011 at least another few months in bottle to allow some of the structural components to integrate further.
Bright medium red. Red berries, pungent brown spices, black tea and flowers on the nose, accented by peppery herbs. At once ripe and dry, offering moderate depth and complexity but excellent energy to the red fruit and spice flavors. There are more than 3,300 cases of this very good entry-level pinot.