This 34.5-acre vineyard surrounds the Freestone winery facility and is 8 miles from the Pacific coast. This limited production Chardonnay is a blend of 3 blocks using a mix of Calera and the Old Wente clones. This is a focused and richly concentrated Chardonnay with ripe pear, toasty brioche, sweet Fuji apple, and citrus peel. Lively acidity and a sumptuous mouth feel lead to a honeyed and lingering finish. With two 95 point scores and this pricing it will not last long. One for fans of Montrachet who don’t want to break the bank.
Joseph Phelps has long been one of Napa Valley’s stalwarts. For more than 30 years, they have been a pacesetter for critically acclaimed wines. As Robert Parker wrote of their flagship red, 'The Insignia cuvée has been one of Napa’s great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines since its inception in 1974' and Wine Spectator observed that Phelps is 'one of Napa Valley's benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon producers.' Their focus is on world-class standards, top growers and meticulous cellar triage with Insignia seeing only the best components each year. Phelps has a web of vineyards that would make any winemaker excited to go to work. The winery has been working exclusively with estate-owned fruit sources since 2004, and their specific sites are exceptional. They know every nuance of the land and can conjure magic and bottle thunder. And as evidenced by the press for the 2008 Insignia, Phelps’ continued march towards exclusively estate-owned vineyards is paying handsome rewards.
The 2016 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard has a seductively peachy nose with notions of white peaches, beeswax, ginger and honeysuckle with hints of crushed rocks and green guava. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bags of stone fruit and tropical flavors with a creamy texture and lively line lifting the very long, spicy finish.WE95
This estate-grown wine from a deeply coastal site offers a steely entry of high-toned acidity and follow-through, a bright, focused and fresh exploration of quenching Meyer lemon pulp and zest. Green apple, lime and integrated oak support the well-composed build up of flavor and texture.JS94
This has impressive weight and still holds an edge of tension and energy. It delivers big peach and melon aromas with gentle toffee and custard notes. Some hazelnuts, too. The palate has a svelte, long and fleshy feel, sweeping layers of stone-fruit flavors. Some grapefruit to close. Drink now.