2006 Joseph Phelps "Le Mistral" Monterey County Red Blend
Intense and full-blown, with spicy, beefy wild berry, red beet root, dried currant and a medley of dried herbs, gaining complexity and nuance. Ends with a dash of pepper and spice. Syrah, Grenache and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, black cherry and pepper on the cool but ripe nose. Supple and sweet but firm, with lively, fruit-driven flavors of dark berries, licorice and black pepper. Finishes with broad tannins, lingering sweet fruit and hints of brushy herbs and spices. No shortage of complexity here.