Wine Spectator 88
" Pure, focused on a mix of dried berry, vanilla-laced oak, mocha and dark berry flavors, this firms on the finish, where the tannins have grip. Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases made." ~ JL
" 59% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 7% Alicante Bouschet, 3% Petite Sirah. Estate-grown fruit from our Monterey County vineyard comprised 98% of the blend, with the balance supplied by independent growers.
The 2010 Le Mistral is dark and delicious with black cherry, dried herbs and pepper flavors. With a deep red color and intense character, it is spicy with complex layers of dark currant, licorice, red berry and a long, lingering and balanced finish.
Grapes were harvested at an average of 25° brix, fermented in small batch stainless steel fermenters, and then aged for 18 months in a combination of new French Oak (40%) and two-year-old French Oak previously used for the Joseph Phelps Insignia (60%). Coopers include Francois Freres, Saint Martin, Sirugue, Saury and Ermitage. " ~ Winery notes
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