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Joseph Phelps Freestone 2009 – WA 92, WE 92

25 Aug

Joseph Phelps Freestone 2009 ~$40

A delicious Pinot Noir with Cabernet like nuances.

Beautiful to drink and affordable.

SE Michigan readers can seek it at Nectars in Orchard Lake, MI

http://www.nectarswinebar.com/

100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. This complex and lively Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of juicy black cherry and balsamic reduction, hints of anise, cassis, dried tea leaves, sweet tobacco and savory, simmering curry spices all enveloped within Freestone’s characteristic essence of tangerine zest. The offerings on the palate are both generous and lingering, with flavors of freshly ground allspice, sautêed Chanterelles and plump, red cherries. The earthiness is subtle yet captivating, and the finish is long and seamless. This Pinot Noir is rich, vibrant and has an energy that will keep it alive for many years.

Wine Enthusiast

Enormously ripe in cherries, raspberries, cranberries and dates, almost sweet, except that it’s totally dry, and the acidity is fresh and bright. A big, big wine that dazzles for sheer power, although it’s not especially subtle right now. That could change in the cellar. Give it a few years, and then a good decanting before service.

Score: 92. —Steve Heimoff, December 31, 2011.

Wine Advocate

The 2009 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards bursts from the glass with an exciting array of sweet black cherries, herbs, dried flowers, licorice and tar, all supported by lively minerality. This focused, beautifully delineated Pinot is first-class all the way. The Freestone bottling is 53% Pastorale Vineyard and 47% Quarter Moon Vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.

Score: 92. —Antonio Galloni, February 2012.

http://www.carlorussowine.com/r/Items/joseph-phelps-freestone-vineyards-pinot-noir-2009

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Summers Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – WA91

29 Mar

Summers Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $20

Just as Andriana Summers has grown up, so has Summers Villa Andriana Vineyard. With the maturity of both Andriana and the Villa Andriana Vineyard, comes our first ever Summers Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Summers Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes procured from several select vineyards in Calistoga, including the Summers’ own Villa Andriana Vineyard. A medium-bodied wine with fruity sweet, black cherry and black currant notes interwoven with notions of barbeque smoke, white chocolate and espresso. We’re proud to bring you a wine that reflects the quality and care we’ve put into our own estate vineyards.

Wine Advocate

The opaque purple-colored 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (6,000 cases made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers sweet blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with cedarwood, damp earth and forest floor notes. Surprisingly thick, unctuous and rich with amazing intensity as well as silky tannins, it should be drunk over the next 7-10 years.

Score: 91. —Robert Parker, August 2011.

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