A bright bouquet of red cherries and summer berries, black pepper, cassis, and sweet vanilla open this latest Pinot Noir offering from the Freestone Vineyards. An exceptionally fruit-expressive wine with a core of black cherries and blackberries, lingering Freestone spice, and notes of forest floor and tangerine peel. A creamy mouthfeel and silky texture paired with balanced tannins and acidity lead to a long, pleasing finish.
In the late 1960s, Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S., Hensel Phelps Construction Company, when he won the bid to build Souverain Winery (now Rutherford Hill) located a few miles outside of St. Helena. Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley and contemplating a career change, in 1973 Joe bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley, and began planting vineyards and construction of a winery. The first harvest in 1973 yielded cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and Johannisburg riesling bottlings, all custom crushed at nearby wineries. The Joseph Phelps winery was completed in 1974 in time for harvest, crushing grapes for the first Insignia and the first syrah bottlings. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and risk taking. It put Joe Phelps and his Joseph Phelps Vineyards on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers. In a search for the ideal growing regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Joseph Phelps' innovative and restless spirit led him to Freestone, just eight miles from the Pacific Ocean along the western frontier of the Sonoma Coast. Here, the area's Goldridge soil and cool climate provide optimal growing conditions for wines that authentically reflect the structure, blance, and complexity of Sonoma Coast terroir.