(From «nv» Vintage) Grapes from each vineyard are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, in contact with the skins, over an average period of 21 days. After malolactic fermentation, the blend is assembled within six month of harvest and aged approximately two years in new French oak barrels. The wine is then given a light filtration before bottling.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines71% Cabernet Sauvignon; 21% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot; 1% Cabernet Franc; 1% Malbec. Always in the hunt for top honors in any vintage, Phelps's tete du cuvee scores big points again for its stunning impressions of fruity depth, its appointment of lovely oak and its altogether impeccable sense of balance. Full on the palate with plenty of volume and lots of essential extract, it is remarkably refined and is finished with an aftertaste of cassis, plums and vanilla that seems to go on forever. Like it...