Surprisingly strong showing for an older Napa Syrah. Medium bodied and nicely balanced, with some layers of flavor developing with time in the glass. Soft tannins, earth, herbs, and a mixed bag of berries here.
Fabulously well preserved, aged Syrah that has evolved into a fine old wine. Musky tobacco leaf nose with ornate, rich and vibrant color. Restrained and subdued at the onset, this Phelps red opened up after an hour boasting dried cranberry with plum, grilled meat and coffee. Fine grain tannins holding complex flavors of fresh earth, sage and dusty berry in check. A dominant note of sweet pipe tobacco leads to a sharply defined and focused cigar box finish. Soared well beyond my expectations, and is impressive for this varietal at 13.
This has aged more than I thought it would. Plum, currant, cherry fruit...little tart and sour. Leather, sage herbs, cedar box, wintergreen tobacco, pepper spice. A little thin, and tart....nice earth and smoked meat notes. Past its glory....but still a nice drink. 92pts
What I remember - nothing close to the wine it was several years ago. Still decent, and definitely better in the glass after 45+ minutes. Cinnamon, hints of clove, some vanilla, mostly red fruits. A bit thinner than I prefer, although overall a medium-bodied wine. Missing the extraction/rich fruit/meat from 4 years ago. I read RAD's note with a bit of wistfulness. Drink up if you've got these - they ain't getting any better.
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