The 2018 Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay opens with generous white flower, lemon zest and fresh pear. A very linear offering with vivid acidity, bright green apple, tart lemon and a mineral driven lengthy finish.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast From estategrown grapes, this impressively layered, complex and cool-climate characteristic white is layered in gravelly texture and crushed rock. Briny ocean influence coats a crisp core of green apple and Meyer lemon, leading to a complete finish.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard, aged 13 months in 41% new French oak, takes its time on the nose, slowly opening to notes of saline, crushed nuts, lemon peel and quince. The palate is medium-bodied, juicy and very silky, its citrusy fruits opening to savory hints underneath, and it finishes very long and nuanced. Give it another couple years in bottle to gain in amplitude.
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck There are two Chardonnays from this Napa based estate, both terrific wines. The 2018 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards, aged 13 months in 41% new oak, reveals a medium gold hue as well as rocking notes of buttered lemons, white flowers, and brioche. It's pure, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has a great finish. It gains even more complexity with time in the glass, revealing more green almonds, toasted bread, and mint-laced nuances. I love it today, yet it has a good spice of acidity and is going to evolve gracefully for 4-6 years.
94 Points - James Suckling This is soft and open with beautiful cooked apple and pie crust. Medium-bodied with a creamy texture and a long, flavorful finish. Tangy and vivid. Drinkable now, but it will age well, too.
92 Points - Wine Spectator Intense minerality accents the sleek pear tart and apple pastry flavors, loaded with rich, vibrant acidity. Viscous midpalate, with angel food and creamy accents on the luscious and well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2025.
91 Points - Decanter Freestone Vineyards is Joseph Phelps Vineyards' 40ha Sonoma Coast project. This Chardonnay, from estate vineyards, spent 13 months in 40% new barriques as well as puncheons. It shows its Sonoma Coast origins on the nose, with notes of fresh bay leaf and green apples. The mid-weight palate has just enough acidity to balance, while the finish is currently tight and short. Drinking Window 2020 – 2030