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Community Tasting Notes (12) Avg Score: 91.5 points

  • beautiful again, not 'other-worldly' as it has been in the past, but this wine was fantastic, plenty of body left, fruit profile wasn't red or dark but somewhere in between, a nice dash of spice (oak driven?… if so there was no sense of oak - other than the spice - in the palate), great balance with a touch of grip from moderate acidity, elegant and with some oomph at the same time… great! and amazingly much less expensive - when you can find it - than newer vintages

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  • this suffered cuz it was opened after '03 pride cab reserve and '03 pride claret reserve, nonetheless liked by Cole and myself as subtle and complex, i have had this before and this bottle may or may not have been as good as prior, hard to tell after the big / good pride bottles

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  • truly beautiful once again, my previous notes do this wine justice... saw the notes from April 1st this year... i wonder if that was bottle variation cuz every bottle i've had recently has had plenty on secondary character but a good amount of soft cherry to provide drinking pleasure (and i'm not into cabs with little or no fruit)

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  • another great showing for this wine, not as much of a kaliedescope palate experience as the last time (hence the lower score) but great anyway, all tannins were gone, good acid still around to keep it lively but 'easy drinking' palate and interesting nose with both showing fruit and mint/pine needles, also an interesting period about an hour after decanting where the palate was strongly floral/sandalwood

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  • Same bottle as coremill below, but I liked much more - to be fair, I'm, a bit of a cabernet necro. A big glass of cedar and tobacco, totally tertiary and a bit austere (especially after drinking a glass or two of the other stuff on the counter), but a very nice sniffing wine. Probably performing worse than it "should", but not bad.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/20/2009, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard) Dark red violet color; striking mint, "pine pitch," berry nose; tasty, poised, tart cassis, mint, pine pitch, structured and very tasty palate; medium-plus finish (thanks to Robert for the very apt "pine pitch" call)

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