Joseph Phelps Syrah Napa Valley 2001

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Hart Davis Hart
Chicago, IL (570 mi)
USD 45.00
750ml
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I like to play a little game of sorts with myself and my friends when I taste a wine for review. The other night, over fabulously rich braised shor... Read more

From the Carneros region, the excellent, deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Syrah reveals supple tannin, good texture, and copious amounts of blackberry... Read more

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

I like to play a little game of sorts with myself and my friends when I taste a wine for review. The other night, over fabulously rich braised short ribs at the always consistent Cortez in downtown San Francisco, we had the 2001 Phelps Syrah (it’s not on the list, but it should be). We all agreed what a wonderful wine this is. I then asked my buds to guess the price. (I don’t like to know the cost before I taste a wine because one is easily prejudiced by such information.) The responses ranged from $25 to $50. I myself thought it was a $40 wine. When I learned that it indeed came in at $30, I was thrilled. But the price is not the best thing about this wine. The best thing is the wine. It’s so delicious and so well put together, that all of us simply loved it. Among a quartet of my friends, being unanimous on anything is a rare occurrence indeed.From the glass there are aromas of spice, minerality and black cherries. On the palate the first thing one notices is the almost perfect pitch. That is, the wine is so well-balanced with those same spice and fruit characteristics. In the end, it’s one of the better California Syrahs I’ve tasted recently. It has good body and structure and will continue to age for another six or seven years.The wine spent 19 months in new French barrels (30%) with the remainder in 2- 3-year-old used wood.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2009

From the Carneros region, the excellent, deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Syrah reveals supple tannin, good texture, and copious amounts of blackberry fruit with hints of bacon fat and pepper. Rich and fruit-forward, it is best drunk during its first 5-... Robert Parker. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2001 Joseph Phelps Syrah 750ml


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