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2016 Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir

ITEM 8028451 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
4 $60
Item Sold Amount Date
I8051481 4 $80 Jan 2, 2022
I8013941 1 $60 Dec 5, 2021
I7917251 1 $50 Aug 8, 2021
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96Jeb Dunnuck

...thrilling perfume of sweet strawberries, dried flowers, red currants, and forest floor, with even a hint of white truffle.

95James Suckling

A very perfumed and beautiful red with dried strawberry and floral aromas that seduce you before tasting. Full-bodied, fine and miniscule.

94The Wine Advocate

...offers up black raspberries and warm cranberry scents with nuances of red roses, oolong tea, underbrush and black truffles.

94Vinous / IWC

Expressive floral and minty notes play off the rich red berry fruit beautifully.


Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery based in St. Helena. It was founded in 1973 when Joseph Phelps, a building contractor from Colorado, arrived in Napa Valley to build wineries. He soon decided to make his own wine and purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena. Phelps Vineyards now owns or leases 560 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. The estate owns choice properties in St. Helena, Stags Leap, Oakville, Rutherford, South Napa Valley and Oak Knoll. Phelps is best known for Insignia, its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varieties first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Besides Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, Phelps also grows Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Scheurebe. The estate produces 50,000 cases annually from Napa Valley and an additional 15,000 cases from the Sonoma Coast.


United States, California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.