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2006 Joseph Phelps - Le Mistral Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Monterey - Red

USA - California - Monterey

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.
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Comm: 2009-2014 VF: 2008-2015
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138
Author Rossboss
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/03/2012
Drink Dates 2010-2015

So much sweet red fruits, raspberries but lots of chalk/concrete aspects on the palate. Fast, glass staining legs, really well balanced with plenty of tannins and strong acid. Some vanilla, probably from the oak. Reminiscent of a Rhone wine but missing that ganache-ness. Could have smoothed out for another couple of years. Solid effort and very lovely.

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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.393%
Tasted On 07/22/2011
Drink Dates 2009-2014

This is an erzatz rendition of a Cotes-du-Rhone; it makes no attempt at capturing the authentic character of the original, but is vinified for American palates. It drinks more like a flashy Meritage than a Rhone blend. That said, this is a ripe-tasting, delicious red that pairs nicely with grilled beefsteak or lamb. I did not experience the medicinal qualities noted by other tasters; rather, I found this perfectly serviceable. In a good place right now. Last vintage for this wine.

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Author musty
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 66.667%
Tasted On 04/15/2009
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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.451%
Tasted On 09/04/2008

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