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.
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.
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)
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