Current Vintage: 2012
"The 2012 Chardonnay opens with stone fruit, fragrant white flower, crushed rock and lemon zest aromas. Nicely balanced with a creamy texture and lush mouthfeel, the Meyer lemon crème brûlée, apricot and nutty toasted brioche flavors culminate in a long, opulent finish marked by sweet fruit and citrus."
Blend: 100% estate grown Chardonnay , Freestone Vineyards.
(91-94) Points Robert Parker , The Wine Advocate
“More tropical in nature, it is a juicy white displaying notes of pineapples, apricot marma- lade, wet gravel and a hint of honeyed citrus. With crisp acids, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a long finish, it can be drunk over the next 5-6 years.”
"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."
94 Points - WIne Enthusiast Magazine
"94 points Wine Enthusiast
"What a roll Phelps has been on these past few cool vintages in this, its far Sonoma Coast vinyard. The wine is bright in mouthwatering acidity, and tantalizing, with a subtle vein of lime, golden mango, orange zest and honeysuckle. Firm minerals are enriched by toasty oak. The alcohol is moderate. As delicious as this wine is, it should develop nicely over the next 5-6 years. Cellar Selection
91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2011 Chardonnay Estate Freestone Vineyard is bright, focused and highly articulate. Lemon, crushed rocks, pastry and white flowers take shape in a layered, vibrant Chardonnay that impresses for its intensity and persistence. The 2011 Freestone is shaping up to be a winner. It is impeccably polished for such a young wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. "