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Community Tasting Notes (54) Avg Score: 90.7 points

  • red, orange, in the color. iced lemon tea, cedar, dried fruit, on the nose. blueberry, oak, spice, on the palate. medium acid, high tannins, on the finish.

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  • The fruit is mostly gone but there is a nice dry mix of root beer, earth, and dry leaves.

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  • Pop and pour. The cork disintegrated almost completely while it was being pulled, and I had to be very careful to avoid getting it in the wine. Camphor and rose petal on the nose; cherry, currant, and light spice on the palate, with a hint of tannin and good acidity. A decent aged Cabernet Sauvignon -- not a blockbuster, but a pleasure to drink.

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  • Pop and pour. This is beautifully aged Cabernet. Nose of camphor and faded roses; black cherry, menthol, roses, and a faint peppery note on the palate, with decent acidity. A rather short finish and a lack of greater complexity keeps the score down. This is ready to drink -- I can't imagine it getting better from here.

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  • A very nice refined Napa cab. The color shows very little effect of aging, it's got no bricking on the edges but the overall hue is just a bit orange. The nose is of burnt cedar with a floral side as well a bit of mint or eucalyptus, and sweet cassis. There's also a bit of that cherry or cranberry liqueur smell that shows up when california cab gains some age. Medium bodied in the mouth, not plush or velvety, but shows great concentration as well as terrific acidity. It finishes well, with some tannin still present. This is a lovely wine that tastes like a bordeaux of the mid 90s rather than a Napa cab. If I had more I'd stash it another 3-5 years, I bet it'll be even better.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96, (See more on Vinous...)

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