Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Syrah

9.13 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Impressive cork after 21 years in bottle. $45 on the secondary market.

Amazing purple, red & blue perfume florals on the nose upon cork pull. Ripe, creamy; blackberries, dark cherries, mulberries, black raspberries, black plums, raspberries, dry cranberries & plums. Mid dark spice, black pepper, clove, cinnamon, vanillin, purple fruit cola, light sweet tarriness, dry crushed rock powder, limestone minerals & steep fruit teas.

The palate & wine are still very solid but, better served 4-5 years ago when it was still peaking. Round, soft, powdery tannins. Ripe, creamy; blackberries, dark cherries, mulberries, black raspberries, black plums, raspberries, dry cranberries & plums. Mid dark spice, black pepper, clove, cinnamon stick, vanillin, saddle-wood, purple fruit cola, light sweet tarriness, forest floor with dry leaves, dry crushed rock powder, limestone minerals, used charcoal, moist clay & steep fruit teas. Amazing ruby & slightly candied purple, red & blue perfume florals. The acidy is a gentle rain shower. The finish is; lush, ruby, elegant, well balanced fruit & earth that slides juicy fruits to earth & spice & persists nicely for minutes. Wine flows beautiful elegance wire to wire.

Treat to drink Joseph Phelps wine at this age.

Excellent back in the day 13.5% ABV that I appreciate & miss!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve. πŸπŸ¦ƒπŸ½ πŸŽƒ

Impressive cork after 21 years in bottle. $45 on the secondary market.

Amazing purple, red & blue perfume florals on the nose upon cork pull. Ripe, creamy; blackberries, dark cherries, mulberries, black raspberries, black plums, raspberries, dry cranberries & plums. Mid dark spice, black pepper, clove, cinnamon, vanillin, purple fruit cola, light sweet tarriness, dry crushed rock powder, limestone minerals & steep fruit teas.

The palate & wine are still very solid but, better served 4-5 years ago when it was still peaking. Round, soft, powdery tannins. Ripe, creamy; blackberries, dark cherries, mulberries, black raspberries, black plums, raspberries, dry cranberries & plums. Mid dark spice, black pepper, clove, cinnamon stick, vanillin, saddle-wood, purple fruit cola, light sweet tarriness, forest floor with dry leaves, dry crushed rock powder, limestone minerals, used charcoal, moist clay & steep fruit teas. Amazing ruby & slightly candied purple, red & blue perfume florals. The acidy is a gentle rain shower. The finish is; lush, ruby, elegant, well balanced fruit & earth that slides juicy fruits to earth & spice & persists nicely for minutes. Wine flows beautiful elegance wire to wire.

Treat to drink Joseph Phelps wine at this age.

Excellent back in the day 13.5% ABV that I appreciate & miss!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve. πŸπŸ¦ƒπŸ½ πŸŽƒ

Nov 26th, 2020
Clarke Gasper

Beautifully aged new world Syrah from a California master, bravo! Fully ripe blackberries and blueberries, with a hint of leather and herbs 🌿🌿🌿

Beautifully aged new world Syrah from a California master, bravo! Fully ripe blackberries and blueberries, with a hint of leather and herbs 🌿🌿🌿

Nov 18th, 2019
Rahul Mukherjee

Meaty, smokey, sweet. Held up well.

Meaty, smokey, sweet. Held up well.

Dec 2nd, 2017