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Community Tasting Notes (31) Avg Score: 93.7 points

  • at first, something was off with bottle.
    cork disintegrated.
    decanted.
    let sit for an hour and then it began a wonderful presentation.

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  • Complex nose with a lot of secondary characteristics, notably roasted meat, black fruit, cedar and graphite. Approachable palate, some muted black fruit, chocolate and subtle smokey and earth notes. Pretty balanced and the tannins have resolved nicely, drink up.

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  • Beautiful bottle and wonderfully aged in the cellar. A recent review mentioned "velvet revolver" - totally agree. Fantastic!

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  • This tasting was offered by someone who is fastastically knowlegable in wine; as something he realy is impressed with. After the second mouthful it is best described as a 'velvet revolver'. oh so wonderfully smooth, complex, with mouthful of flavors that would not quit. It literally tries to overwhelm your mouth with wonderfulness. Dark ruby in color, with complex waves upon waves of new leather, dark chocolate, spice, mineral, dark berry, and cassis. Long in finish, andleading to a lingering of chewy tanins. I would love to try this again in ten years, but I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. Last note: this is my highest score I ever recorded on CT - cheers

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  • For a wine of fifteen years, this is incredibly dense and powerful in both the color and aromas - lots of cedar, smoke, white pepper, mint, grilled meat, pencil lead, and lots more. Every swirl of the glass released more and more nuances. On the palate, the attack is still dominated by acid and tannins, but the supple structure is seductive. A mouthful of intense cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate, smoke and wood, cigars, a cupboard full of spices, and so much more. Wouldn't say it's still a baby, but youthful, just entering adulthood. Still has years of life to go. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. On of the all time greats I've ever tasted, and I will lust for more.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84, (See more on Vinous...)

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