2006 Joseph Phelps "Le Mistral" Monterey County Red 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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By: Jon Gillespie-Brown | Review Date: 11/28/2009
This is an excellent example of a great syrah style, better than the Pax and others I have tried recently. More refined and enjoyable to me. Also, the price is right and so we just have to see what the future holds now that Phelps have sold the brand on.

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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.