2011 Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir

I was craving a really good glass of Pinot Noir the other night.  Spending time in Bordeaux, I drank mostly red and white Bordeaux blends, no Burgundies.  Before I even wandered down to my cellar my mind was already made up and I knew what I wanted that night.

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Medium color depth, ruby hue.

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The Pinot Noir was very aromatic, young-fruity. I could smell bing cherry, cranberry, spice, slight caramel.  It was a little earthy too.

The Pinot Noir was not dry, medium-bodied, and the acidity was balanced.  The tannins were soft.  Tasting the Pinot Noir I had a silky mid-palate flavors with a soft long finish.  The wine was very flavorful.

abv: 14.2%

How much:  Retail $75.  If you are in the wine club it is $60.00.

Region/Appellation:  Sonoma Coast.

The fruit is 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Pastorale Vineyard.  The wine was aged 13 months in 60% new and 40% two- to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in February, 2013.

I rated the  2011 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir four glasses.  Not because I have not had a Burgundy in months, it was really good.  We will be in The Sonoma area August 21st, we plan on stopping at the Freestone tasting room for more Pinot.

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