Joseph Phelps, already known for his fabulous iconic Napa Valley Insignia, spent many years searching for an appropriate vineyard site to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and in 1999, along with his family and management team, purchased approximately 100 acres on the Sonoma Coast near Freestone, California.
The Sonoma Coast maritime air, perfect for these varietals, is often chilly, with morning overcast and low-lying fog giving way to warm afternoon sun that produces a long growing season.
This wine opens up with a bright bouquet of red cherries and summer berries, black pepper, cassis and sweet vanilla. Dark red cherries, tobacco and leather wrap around the palate. This is a very fruit-forward and balanced Pinot Noir with a creamy mouthfeel and silky texture.