2004 Joseph Phelps "Le Mistral" Monterey County Red Blend

SKU #1031120 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Monterey County now provides all the fruit for Phelps’ blended Rhone Ranger cuvee, the 2004 Le Mistral (70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and small amounts of Alicante Bouche and Petite Sirah). Juicy, savory, and ripe, with peppery black raspberry and currant aromas, sweet flavors, a hint of tar, no evidence of oak, and a long, heady finish ... (RP)  (12/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby color. Cherry liqueur, chocolate and spices on the rather reticent nose; showing its Grenache side today. Fruity and sweet but not at all over the top. Finishes sweet and fleshy, with ripe tannins nicely buffered by the wine's material.  (5/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Elegant and complex, with pretty aromas of plum, coffee, spice and tobacco. Soft black cherry and coffee flavors take on tannins and complexity on the finish.  (3/2007)

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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.