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Joseph Phelps Quarter Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Joseph Phelps Quarter Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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"The outrageous 2012 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard boasts a fabulous bouquet of damp forest floor notes interwoven with plums, black cherries, black currants, cloves and Christmas spices. Medium to full-bodied, intense and multi-dimensional, this wine possesses terrific purity, texture and length. The good news is there are over 2,000 cases of this world-class Pinot Noir. It should age effortlessly for a decade or more. Drink: 2013-2023. 93-95 points

Joseph Phelps has a whopping 102 acres on the Sonoma Coast called the Freestone Vineyard, 82 acres of which is planted in Pinot Noir and the balance Chardonnay. The interesting thing about this site is the bud break can occur as early as February, and the hang time often exceeds the European model of “100 days,” often lasting as long as 120 to140+ days. All of the wines that follow, even in a great vintage such as 2012, rarely exceed 14.2% alcohol, with most coming in under 14%. Their flavor intensity and richness make them fascinating, and I suspect this relatively new operation will get better and better as the vines age, and the Phelps team in Napa continues to fine tune the vineyards and the winemaking."

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (210)