Wine legend Joseph Phelps first purchased land in the small Sonoma County hamlet of Freestone in the West Sonoma Coast in 1999. Better known for cattle, pasture and forestland, the region was relatively untested for winegrapes. But with its Goldridge soils and rumored potential for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it was a region the family was willing to bet on—and they are winning.
For this exclusive lot, a celebration of this risky, exceptional vineyard location, Joseph Phelps Vineyards chose to spotlight Pinot Noir Clone 777 from select blocks of its Pastorale Vineyard, located on the hillsides just outside of Freestone on the western Sonoma Coast. Clone 777 clusters grown on the property are typically small and very compact in nature, providing the wines from Pastorale Vineyard with complexity, extraction and elegance, with a focused red fruit, spice box and earthy complexity. This one-of-a-kind expression is the first Clone 777 Pinot Noir bottling ever created from the Pastorale Vineyard, and it is the perfect selection for the Pinot lover who expects excellence.