Elegant, with ripe, supple, polished currants, plum and blackberry flavors, fruit focused with an elegant finish with ripe and integrated tannins.
(From 2012 Vintage) The 2012 vintage marks the fortieth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon release from Joseph Phelps Vineyards. This latest bottling highlights beautiful aromatics of dark fruit, cigar box, dried herbs, graphite notes and pain grillé. Expressive Bing cherry, licorice, blueberry and blackberry layer this silky smooth wine of great depth and personality. Richly nuanced with supple tannins and a lingering velvety finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) From first sniff to finish, this head-turning young wine is nothing less than a classic expression of all that is best in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Its juicy, concentrated aromas are rich in cassis and plentiful sweet oak while finding highlights of mineral and black soil terroir, and its very deep, keenly fruited flavors follow suit. Despite a bit of tannic hardness that is entirely in keeping with its varietal and age, the wine is wonderfully well-balanced and offers plenty of promise for...
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) "A rich, dense and deeply concentrated young Cabernet, with layers of currant, plum, spice, cedar and blueberry notes that are tightly focused and supported by firm, ripe tannins."
Wine Advocate(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Robert Parker(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
Wine Advocate(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06