(From 2013 Vintage) This wine shows bright Mandarin orange blossom, lemon curd, citrus and honey aromas. Full, ripe flavors of Meyer lemon, pear, honeydew melon and vanilla cream fill the mouth with a streak of minerality through to the nicely balanced long citrus finish.
(From «nv» Vintage) Though it takes a Cabernet Sauvignon designation, Phelps' Cabernet is typically blended with small percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and/or Malbec for enhanced complexity. Grapes are harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in contact with the skins, and aged an average of sixteen months in a combination of roughly 50% new French and American oak barrels and two- to four-year-old French and American oak barrels before being blended, lightly filtered and bottled.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis bottling comes as a real disappointment considering the winery's ways with the grape in the past, and its marginal fruit is more candied than it is keen in varietal character. It intimates a brief bit of sweetness but flattens out in the mouth and ends on a note of chalky dryness.