2006 Joseph Phelps "Le Mistral" Monterey County Rhone Blend

SKU #1046772 92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2009)

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.  (5/2008)

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Monterey/Carmel Valley

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