Normally I would never describe a white wine as being chewy, but this wine is chewy. It’s got some lovely velvety tannins from the Semillon. And the Sauvignon Blanc give it sparkle. Meyer lemon and limes on the nose. Vanilla and hint of brown sugar on the front. The medium tannic structure adds an understated solidity to this wine. Grapefruit high notes on the top of the palate and on the finish, with a return of the vanilla as I swallow. This is the setting sun in the glass that Emily Dickinson wrote about.￼ — a month ago
Twice the price and half as interesting as the Krause Vineyard Pinot I tasted yesterday. As far as I can tell their vineyards are only a couple of miles apart, but Mount Eden is at a higher elevation by maybe 1500 feet. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad wine. But the Krause Vineyard is putting out something unique and surprising, while Mount Eden is putting out something that’s predictable by coastal Pinots. Lots of chlorophyll on the nose — Unripe cherries and briars. Just a hint of fruit on the front of the palate, with a light to medium tannic structure. Lots of random high notes at the back of the palate with a very short finish.This is a perfectly drinkable wine but not very interesting.￼￼ — 2 months ago
I thought that I had rated this wine before—If not the 17 vintage some of the previous vintages. But I don’t find this excellent wine under my profile￼—which is in egregious oversight on my part.￼ I think if I were washed up on the shore of a desert island along with a case of wine this would be the wine I’d choose￼.
2017 vintage tasted February 2021. This wine is still young, but eminently drinkable. Green briars and young nettles on the nose.￼ Although this might not seem￼ like an attractive description, for me this smells like spring! A hint of Cassis on the front for fruit, and lots of limestony high notes on the middle and back palate.￼ medium tannic body holds everything together. And.a hint of dark chocolate on the back of the palate rocks my boat!
I hesitate to open one of these bottles, because I’m likely to drink the whole damn thing on my own. — 3 months ago
2011 tasted April of 2021. While the flirtatious wines of Bordeaux will, with rare exceptions, betray my trust, I can always depend on Joseph Phelps to provide me with a solid bottle wine.
Year after year, no matter what the stresses of the vintage were, the wine makers at JP know how to produce perfectly balanced Cabs and Cab blends (but they’re not as successful with the non-Cab varietals).
This bottle of JP’s Cab is decade old, and it’s just hitting its stride. Lots of leather, rust, and a hint of mint on the nose. Ripe cherries and pomegranates on the front. The original velvety tannic balance has become just a wee bit tattered over the years. But this new-found roughness provides a youthful and boisterous counterpoint to the rest of the component that are entering a staid middle age (in wine years that is). It’s like your 45-year-old dad going wild and buying a Harley Davidson, then cruising off down the road. You say, “WTF! That’s is the way to live!” Lots of gravely high notes on the mid palate, but the old velvety tannins reassert themselves on the long finish. This is a damn lovely wine!￼ — a month ago
2016 vintage opened March 2021. If you can get past the pungent scent of thiol compounds on the nose, this wine is OK. Either they were spraying with sulfur compounds too close to harvest, or the wine maker dumped too much sulphite powder into the mix. The old penny trick mostly corrected the problem, but this is another example of the half-assed quality control￼ I frequently see in Bordeaux wines.
After dropping a clean penny into the glass and swishing it around 2 or 3 minutes, most of the thiol stink was eliminated. Leaving wet leather and tobacco on the nose. Cassis on the front. Medium tannic balance. Lots of flinty high notes on the finish along with some faintly unpleasant thiol hints on the aftertaste. I’m going to leave this in a corked bottle overnight to see if it improves any. 8.4 after the penny trick. 7.0 before the penny reacted with the thiol compounds. — 2 months ago
2013 opened January 2021. Leather iand cherries on the nose. Cherries and Cassis on the front (but not too￼ fruity). Medium Tanic structure that starts out soft but that ends on a very strong puckery note at the finish. Very drinkable, but the finish is a little too loud for the rest of the composition of this wine.￼ I’m going to let it sit in my decanter for an hour before I have another glass.￼ I’ll report back if it improves.￼ ￼
Reporting back: it￼ didn’t improve in the decanter, but it didn’t degrade either.￼ I’m wondering about the other wines Lebanon has to offer—but￼ the current political situation there makes me think I won’t be able to try any of their wines anytime soon. — 4 months ago
2016 opened April 2021. Roses and a hint of rhubarb and loam on the nose. Ripe cherries on the front. A silky medium-bodied tannic structure￼￼ holds all the flavor elements of this wine together — right up until the end — then it fades abruptly to create a disappointingly short finish. Lots of citrusy high notes — grapefruit and lemon zest — begin at the mid palate, and they linger a while after the rest of the flavors fade.￼ They are not unpleasant, but it would’ve been nice to have the tannic structure to offset them at the very finish.￼ This is a very drinkable but light-weight wine.￼ Not very interesting nor challenging.￼ — a month ago
2018 opened March 2021. Green apples and clover on the nose. Red raspberries on the front. Light tannic structure with a lot of mineral high notes￼ that are expressed from the mid palate to the end. Maybe just a hint of honey after a long finish. quite unique, but quite enjoyable.￼ — 2 months ago
2019 tasted March 2021. Ripe apricots, green nettles, and a hint of Jasmine on the nose.￼ The mouth feel is clear and bright with a hint of honey on the front. Lot’s of bitter calcaire high notes on the mid to back palate, returning to a clean slightly sweet finish on the back. It Leaves my palate tingling and asking, “more please!” Very refreshing on a hot afternoon. — 2 months ago
2016 vintage opened December 2020. Leather and minerals on the nose. Not much happening on the front—no fruit to speak of, but there are some soft tannins that follow through to the back of the palate quite nicely though. The finish is quite unique, though.Without looking at the label I suspect this was aged in American oak, which gives it some leathery hi notes and some bite as you swallow. I wouldn’t give it the scores that the pros are giving it, a 9.3, only because this wine is kind of weak on the front of the palate. But it’s very drinkable, indeed!￼ — 4 months ago