Wine Advocate | Rating: 93A blend of 94% Syrah and 6% estate co-fermented Viognier, the 2012 Syrah was aged 18 months in 41% new and 59% neutral French oak. While still in barrel, this big Syrah appears to have outstanding potential. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by classic aromas of licorice, camphor, charcoal, pepper, bouquet garni, roasted meats and lots of blackberry and black currant fruit. This dense, subtle, silky-textured Syrah exudes fruit, glycerin and charm. It cuts a bigger, broader swath across the palate than the 2011, but will be drinkable when released, and should age nicely for 7-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 51 bottles owned
- 25 collectors