Le Mistral  2008 Front Label
Le Mistral  2008 Front Label

Le Mistral 2008

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2008 Le Mistral is dark and savory with black fruit, dried herbs and white pepper. With a deep red color and intense character, it is spicy with complex layers of dark currant, licorice, red berry and a long, lingering finish.

Blend: 62% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 5% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Petite Sirah

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Rich and focused, with a complex array of roasted herb, espresso bean, supple berry, tar, spice and floral scents that are full-bodied, yet graceful and elegant, with the flavors fanning out nicely on the finish. Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2018. 1,003 cases made.
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Le Mistral, California
Founded by Joseph Phelps over ten years ago, this Monterey vineyard is about 10 miles south of the Arroyo Seco in the foot hills outside of King City. Le Mistral is a blend which includes the major grape varieties, or cépages, that have been grown in the Southern Rhône Valley of France for centuries. These include (but are not limited to) Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. We believe there are remarkable similarities between Monterey, California’s wine growing regions and the Southern Rhône Valley, including the blustery afternoon winds for which this Rhône-style wine is named.

Since the 2007 vintage, Le Mistral wines will be produced and bottled in Monterey by the Le Mistral Vineyard, whose owners have grown the grapes for the highly acclaimed wine for the past eleven years in Monterey County. Phelps winemakers Ashley Hepworth and Damian Parker continue to consult from Napa.

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

WWH124107_2008 Item# 114098

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