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2008 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1080082 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec) is an impressive version. Their 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon is still alive at age 35. The 2008s dense ruby/purple color is followed by an attractive bouquet of creme de cassis and charcoal. Revealing full-bodied richness and lots of depth, it is one of the finest regular Cabernet Sauvignons Phelps has made in many years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2010)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Lots of sweet spice and touches of smoke sit atop a good dose of well-ripened fruit in the nose and then again on the palate, and in each venue fruit lags a step or two behind ripeness and obvious oak. That said, the wine still has a fine sense of richness, and with a bit of time on the cork, it should both find a fruitier focus and shed a bit of the toughness that its nominal tannins now bring to bear. Inner quote mark (8/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Showy aromas of cassis, cedar and flowers. Sweet and ripe but a bit youthfully austere compared to the 2007 and 2009 versions, showing a strong core of blueberry and cassis fruit. This very tight wine is taking its time to open up but appears to have the fruit intensity to support its serious tannic spine. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

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