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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Joseph Phelps Le Mistral 2002
Joseph Phelps Le Mistral 2002
(search item no. 80925)

PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A rich, seductive style. Intense blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry fruit is sharply focused, with a nice touch of oak, but most impressive is the purity and generosity of the fruit, culminating in a persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2009. —J.L."
-Wine Spectator

This is a lush, full-bodied wine with aromas of black cherry, huckleberry and rosemary, finishing with sweet oak tannin and ripe fruit flavors.

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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.