(From 2012 Vintage) The Cabernet Sauvignon showcases classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of baking spices and tobacco followed by layers of dark berries, graphite and cocoa powder on the palate. Full-bodied and dense with beautifully integrated oak and sweet tannins throughout the lingering finish.
(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.
Winemaker Notes The dark ruby-colored 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon resembles a classic Bordeaux both in aromatics and flavor. A rich bouquet of cinnamon, spice, licorice, graphite and caramel are followed by integrated layers of cherry, currant, fresh cream and balanced, sweet tannin, all of which contribute to a youthful, bright, multi-layered wine.
Definitely benefitted from a few hours in decanter. Overall the wine was surprisingly well balanced. The in your face boldness of a young cab had dissipated into a nice velvety texture. Blackberry and black plum, wet stone, white pepper. Long, pleasant finish.
Very nice cab, great flavor.
Wine AdvocateRating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/06
Robert Parker"The restrained, European-styled 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits classic notes of cedar, black currants, menthol, and spice as well as excellent fruit, sweet tannin, delineation, and vibrant acidity. It should drink well for a decade."
Wine AdvocateRating: (94-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06