1998 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot SKU #1084925

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Tasting Notes

The Wine Spectator: "Offers attractive spicy currant, black cherry, herb and cedar notes. Nicely balanced and well-made, though lacking extra flavor dimensions." (05/2001) Robert Parker: "Phelps' Merlot program is coming of age. Approximately 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is included in the blend, and the wine is aged in primarily French oak with a touch of American. About 30% of the barrels are new. The 1998 Merlot is a lean, dry, sinewy wine. It is a reasonably good effort in this tough vintage. The color is a healthy dark ruby. The bouquet and flavors offer scents of coffee, dried herbs, berry fruit, and new wood." (12/2000) Stephen Tanzer: "Medium ruby-red. Currant, blueberry, chocolate, leather, tobacco and loam on the nose. Sweet on entry, then supple and juicy, with moderate ripeness and complexity and good balance. Slightly dry finish avoids greenness." (May/Jun 2001)

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