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The winery’s history with Rhone varieties dates back to its earliest years of winemaking. The 2021 Joseph Phelps Vin du Mistral Red Wine revisits a favorite blend of Rhône varieties cherished by so many in years past. In 1974, Joseph Phelps created the first varietally labeled Syrah in California and was also an early proponent of Viognier and Rhone blends in the late 1980’s, including the original Vin du Mistral bottlings.
A blend of 52% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 14% Mourvèdre, 1% Viognier from Central Coast vineyards in the Santa Barbara and Paso Robles areas, the 2021 Vin du Mistral is a captivating, freshly focused offering with fragrant floral, Bing cherry, roast coffee and cigar box aromatics. Structured acidity and juicy in the medium-full mouthfeel with red and dark fruit character, mocha and black pepper with a long jammy, raspberry finish. Decant for one hour before enjoying or cellar for 5-10 years.
Assistant Winemaker Kelly Fields describes this exceptional winery-only release best, “Joe’s love and passion for Rhône varietals is something that we strive to honor. We feel that we made this new wine in the style he was so fond of throughout his life.”
We hope you too cherish this new release for many years to come.