Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019


It began with a vision. A belief in the possibility of something bigger and better – something that didn’t quite exist yet. In the early 1970s, Napa Valley was a sleepy agricultural town on the brink of a fine-wine awakening. Drawing on his construction experience, Joe set about establishing the building blocks of winemaking excellence.

By embedding his no-compromise philosophy deep into the bedrock of the winery, Joe set the framework to push for greatness. In 1974, he had the idea to make a unique blend each year, one that would represent the finest wine he could make from each vintage. He didn’t necessarily think it would always be a Cabernet Sauvignon either. His only thought was to make one wine that represented the best of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Today, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for Californian winemaking that has earned Joseph Phelps its longstanding reputation for excellence.

The production has been scaled back to the point where all the fruit comes from estate vineyards, which is something of a rarity in California. This is now a brilliantly focused, dynamic producer that refuses to rest on its laurels.

In our honest opinion in Pinto Wines this wine can compare easely with top Burgundy wines at this price point. We have aged some of these wines in store and are ready to be enjoyed.




Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Bright Ruby
Nose Fresh and lively with perfumed black raspberry and cherry aromatics wrapped in rustic forest floor notes.
Palate Juicy Bing cherry, savory herbs, and ripe dark berries create a complex and textured palate with acid structure and balance leading to a delightfully engaging finish

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 100 % Pinot Noir
Alcohol % 14%
Style Medium to full Burgundy style Pinot Noir
Estate/Producer Joseph phelps/Justin Ennis
Country USA
Region Sonoma County
Vintage 2019
Vinification Grapes are picked at night followed by hand sorting before the fruit is gravity fed to tank for a long natural fermentation using an overall average of 8% whole clusters in the final blend. Regular punch downs result in a wine of great structure and focus with a distinctive spice character of earth and clove which is prevalent in this area of the western Sonoma Coast.
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Great potential to age

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