2011 Joseph Phelps
90-93pts (RP) The
2011’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of
bouquet garni, mint, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and
licorice, and a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel with
more richness and intensity than I would have expected from this
vintage. It is also precocious and can be drunk upon release or
cellared for 15 or more years.
91-94 (ST)Good bright red-ruby.
Blackberry, cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and coffee on the
nose, along with a whiff of eucalyptus. Nicely concentrated
and fairly deep, with a medicinal cast to the black fruit and
pepper flavors. Can't match the 2010 for sweetness and
ripeness, though. Will this put on weight during its final
months in the barrel? Stephen Tanzer June
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