We took a magnum to Ruth Chris to share. The steak was good, service OK, and the wine was outstanding. We had had a bottle (.750) a few weeks ago, that, while good, was showing signs of beginning to fade. I rated it 89. That prompted my opening the 1.5L. The magnum was at its peak, balanced with delicious Eisele vineyard fruit. All tannin had melted away. no mas mags, unfortunately.
Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Mini-Vertical (Benoit, NYC): This opened out thin and hollow, but didn't take long to come together. Of the three Phelps Eiseles tasted, I would have found this one the easiest to identify blind as coming from California, because of its pronounced minty flavor. Still has dark fruit, some Bordeaux structure and aromatics, and a savory old-wine texture. On any other night I would have written a somewhat rapturous note about this excellent wine, but it just got overshadowed by the '78. Perhaps with 7 more years of cellaring this will be just as good!
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(Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard) Dark red violet color; berry, black fruit palate with brett and green methol notes; tasty, tart berry, cassis, brett and mint palate; medium finish 92+ pts.
(Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon "Eisele Vineyard") This was slamming. Nose of red fruits, smoke, earth, and huge cuban cigar notes. Deep, rich palate balanced by wonderful acids and a mixture of red and black fruits. Aromas much more complex as the wine aerated. Really good stuff.
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