Saturday, February 23, 2008

2004 Joseph Phelps Le Mistral Monterey County

Took an hour to open up and the theme is coffee. Vanilla oak, earthiness, chocolate-covered nuts and blackberries with toasted French oak, espresso and floral notes. Interesting blob of slimy oyster tannins with lots of oak, earthiness, coffee, almost-syrupy blackberry and white pepper with semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. 70% SY, 24% GR, 3% PS. $40; 4 out of 5 stars.

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