I absolutely love this wine. With 14 years in the bottle, it developed a slightly earthy taste similar to a Bordeaux. I'm not great at calling out all of the subtleties of the different fruit flavors, tobacco, etc. I did get some wood though. This was smooth, very well balanced, and absolutely delicious. I hope that helps.
We had great friends in town for the Santa Fe Wine & Chili Fiesta. Went through the cellar looking for a bottles that should be drank, so we opened the '98 Phelps Cabernet. The community recommended that it be drank between 2001 and 2008. This wine was still in excellant condition. The color was still deep and dark showing no brown. Excellant aroma and great taste of blackberrys. We were quit impressed on how it has aged. We will keep the other bottle we have for a few more years and see if it holds up. It should be good for at least another year.
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