Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Quarter Moon Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.114 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

On the nose, Asian spices, touch of light pepper, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, heavily exacted pomegranate. The fruits are slightly candied and gummy. Soft chalkiness and baking spices of; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Deep dark spices on the palate. Pink peppercorns, strawberries, cherries, dark cherries, dry cranberries and pomegranate, soft/light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, crushed dry rock powder, soft minerals, loamy soils and a touch of leather. The Quarter Moon was showing more freshness, was richer, fuller body and softer acidity than the Pastorale. Further, the QM had a more consistent polished finish that lasted over a minute. Photos of the barrel display in the back of their main room, terrace area and sloping wines as you drive up to their estate.

On the nose, Asian spices, touch of light pepper, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, heavily exacted pomegranate. The fruits are slightly candied and gummy. Soft chalkiness and baking spices of; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Deep dark spices on the palate. Pink peppercorns, strawberries, cherries, dark cherries, dry cranberries and pomegranate, soft/light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, crushed dry rock powder, soft minerals, loamy soils and a touch of leather. The Quarter Moon was showing more freshness, was richer, fuller body and softer acidity than the Pastorale. Further, the QM had a more consistent polished finish that lasted over a minute. Photos of the barrel display in the back of their main room, terrace area and sloping wines as you drive up to their estate.

May 9th, 2017
Cameron Etezadi

Spicy with notes of licorice, green pepper, and an almost herbal finish. Peppery with a rounded body that costs the mouth more subtly than the similar Pastorole vineyard.

Spicy with notes of licorice, green pepper, and an almost herbal finish. Peppery with a rounded body that costs the mouth more subtly than the similar Pastorole vineyard.

Sep 22nd, 2018
Adam Hoogeveen

Spice, pepper, and a lot of body for a Pinot. I really enjoyed this wine, and it kind of struck me as a Pinot trying to be a Syrah.

Spice, pepper, and a lot of body for a Pinot. I really enjoyed this wine, and it kind of struck me as a Pinot trying to be a Syrah.

Feb 25th, 2018
Brett Francis

This was a very flavorful and rich Pinot. It had the smooth accessibility I like in Pinots but I had hints of leather and spice which made it interesting. Definitely could age for a few more years.

This was a very flavorful and rich Pinot. It had the smooth accessibility I like in Pinots but I had hints of leather and spice which made it interesting. Definitely could age for a few more years.

Nov 27th, 2017
Rob Mayes

Tasted off initially but revealed itself nicely as it opened

Tasted off initially but revealed itself nicely as it opened

May 2nd, 2017
Hugh O'Riordan

I'm a Pinot guy and in the Phelps win club in order to go to Insignia Days and buy Backus. This Pinot was earthy, dark and had the wonderful Pinot fruit taste. I was surprised. It will improve with age. I think I'll buy more.

I'm a Pinot guy and in the Phelps win club in order to go to Insignia Days and buy Backus. This Pinot was earthy, dark and had the wonderful Pinot fruit taste. I was surprised. It will improve with age. I think I'll buy more.

Apr 24th, 2017
Skip Smyser

Nice wine but prefer Oregon

Nice wine but prefer Oregon

Apr 13th, 2017
Michael Gallegos

Sales & Hospitality Red Car Winery

9.1

Michael had this 4 years ago

Michael had this 4 years ago

Jan 12th, 2016
Gabriella Fanelli

Gabriella had this 2 months ago

Gabriella had this 2 months ago

Dec 17th, 2019
Brayton Bailey

Brayton had this 2 years ago

Brayton had this 2 years ago

Jul 6th, 2018