- 2002 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (11/10/2005)
decanted with a globe shaped decanter for 1 hr then consumed out of reidel vinum bordeaux stems. this wine was consumed over the course of 2 nights while being vacuumed overnight in the cellar.
the color is dark red to the rim, almost opaque. the nose is beautiful but restrained. i think this will change with time. notes of dark fruits, currant, tobacco, cigar and spice box, with a touch of brown sugar and Cinnamon. on the palate this wine packed with fruit, oak and tannin. the entry is awesome with a solid finish. would like more from the midpalate but for $36 i'm note complaining. this wine is smooth and seems to have everything in balance except the acidity is not as high as one would like for aging. imo if everything goes right, as with the 99, the huge fruit notes, tannin and oak should come together in a few years and yield a very nice solid cali cab. nice to see a cali cab this good for this reasonable of a price. (92 pts.)
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