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2000 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1001068 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *Editor's Choice* A dense, layered wine, marked by pure cassis flavors. Picks up intensity in the middle palate, where it turns rich and compelling. Harmony and elegance, not to mention ageability, mark this expression of Cabernet. Inner quote mark (5/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant, chocolate, tobacco and mint. Sweeter and deeper than the 2000 merlot, with chewier currant and tar flavors and better vinosity and cut. Here the tannins are more thoroughly buffered. Nicely balanced, fresh Cabernet. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2003)

K&L Notes

Despite the difficult weather conditions of 2000, when Phelps' Cabernet fruit was finally harvested it displayed deep color, dense, extractive flavors and near-ideal sugar/acid levels. The finished wine is softer and more accessible than last year's, with lush ripe flavors of cedar and cassis. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, aged for 20 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels (40% new) and two- to four-year-old barrels (60%). Blended with 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec.

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