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2018 Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir

ITEM 8474182 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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I8483199 1 $51 Oct 16, 2022
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96James Suckling pinot noir with crushed berry, spice, pie crust and chocolate. Contrastive palate with a full body, then firm and fine tannins. It’s long and structured.

95The Wine Advocate

...alluring scents of blood orange, licorice, autumn leaves and intense layers of amaro spices with a core of perfectly ripe red and black fruits, continuing to offer more nuance as it sits in the glass...light-bodied palate is incredibly silky and juicy, its tannins defined and ripe and its flavors full and layered, and it finishes very long with kaleidoscopic spicy character.

95Wine Enthusiast

This is a subdued, sublime wine brimming in spiced black tea, cardamom and forest floor. Silky, with a touch of underlying grip, it shows its cool-climate and vintage stability, with an exuberance of fresh acidity and a lasting note of white pepper.

94Vinous / IWC

...melds together finesse with power. Black cherry, plum, hard candy, lavender, spice and licorice nuances all build on a deep, textured Pinot... Bright floral notes and a kick of acid punctuates the finish.

94+ Jeb Dunnuck

Impressive black raspberries, forest floor, black tea, and curing spice notes emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, has good concentration, ripe tannins, and a solid spine of acidity. It's another impeccably made, beautifully balanced Pinot Noir from this estate.


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.