2001 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Keenly focused on varietal fruit of dried currants and black cherries with a complexing layer of rich loam, vanilla, caramel and hints of sweet spices, this medium-volume effort is supple in palate feel at entry before becoming noticeably tannic at the finish. Admittedly, it is more mannerly than muscular, but this is very good, convincingly ageworthy Cabernet that will hold up in the cellar for five to ten years.
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of cassis, licorice, espresso and cedary, nutty oak. Sweet, concentrated and pliant, with very good breadth and depth of flavor for this basic cabernet bottling. Finishes with suave, building tannins and noteworthy persistence.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep ruby color, along with a big, sweet nose of dried herbs intermixed with black currant, cherry, and hints of wood smoke and earth.
This is the sort of Cab you sip and immediately like. It’s not only rich in currant and oak, with elaborate tannins, but possesses that extra dimension of pedigree due to the balance and harmony. Not for the cellar, but great now for your best foods.
Strikes a fine balance between chewy currant, anise, blackberry and cedar scents. It firms up at midpalate and finishes with a long, rich aftertaste. Needs short-term cellaring.