(From 2010 Vintage) This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesn’t begin to do it justice.
(From 2010 Vintage) The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated both in the nose and on the palate with aromas of blueberry, dark plum and Black Mission fig followed by cardamom, nutmeg, graphite, tobacco and vanilla bean. The sweet tannins are intertwined with flavors of anise, caramel cream, spicy black pepper and crushed blackberries, contributing to the long, lush finish.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesAlways a reliable producer, Phelps has done well with its effort from the questionable 2000 vintage. This wine reflects so much of the year in its clean, appropriately focused if somewhat quiet aromas and flavors. Tannins dry it out a bit at the end, but it will work well with steaks and chops.