2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes The dark ruby-colored 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon resembles a classic Bordeaux both in aromatics and flavor. A rich bouquet of cinnamon, spice, licorice, graphite and caramel are followed by integrated layers of cherry, currant, fresh cream and balanced, sweet tannin, all of which contribute to a youthful, bright, multi-layered wine.
Grapes were harvested between September 30 - November 2, 2005 at an average of24.5° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 19 months in a combination of new French and American oak barrels (50%) and two-year-old (50%) from coopers Sylvain, Demptos, Demptos (American), Nadalié, Nadalié (American), Canton (American), Taransaud and Vicard.
Vintage Notes The beginning of 2005 was wet; between January and the end of June there was an accumulation of approximately 25 inches of rain, which helped sustain the larger than normal crop load. It is interesting to note that the significant bud fruitfulness and larger than normal cluster size in 2005 was due to perfect weather conditions in June/July of 2004 when the buds were forming. In 2005, what turned into optimum weather conditions during bud break, bloom and set just solidified the crop size. Shoots had three clusters instead of the normal two, and thinning passes were conducted during the unusually temperate summer to balance the vine, improve air and light distribution within the vine canopy and ensure optimal quality. The extended hang time in 2005 also allowed for the development of balanced sugar and acidity in the cluster.
91 Points - Wine Spectator
Sleek with ripe, vivid black cherry, black currant and raspberry flavors and a hint of mocha. Tannins are ripe and fine-grained. (Aug. 2006)
88 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
[This wine] comes across as very Bordeaux-like and not dissimilar from a good Medoc. The wine exhibits some cedar, spice box, licorice and black currant notes with medium body, good acidity, and a fresh finish. It should evolve nicely for up to a decade.
90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Claret-like aromas of blackberry, currant bud, bitter chocolate, licorice and graphite, plus a whiff of garrigue. Juicy and laid-back, with firm, nicely integrated acids . . . This very lively wine should be held for a couple of years. (May/June 2008)
90 Points - California Grapevine
Ripe aromas of blackberry with notes of pecan pie and charred oak. Tasty blackberry fruit with cedar, sweet tobacco and tea flavors. Phelps produces fresh, fruitforward wines that show very well in their youth and pack plenty of punch for the long haul. (Feb-Mar. 2008)
93 Points - Wine News
Ripe aromas of blackberry with notes of pecan pie and charred oak. Tasty blackberry fruit with cedar, sweet tobacco and tea flavors. Phelps produces fresh, fruitforward wines that show very well in their youth and pack plenty of punch for the long haul. (June/July 2008)
- Wine Enthusiast
Soft enough for the humidity of the beach, with big enough tannins to go with beef, whether you serve filet mignon or burgers. (Aug. 2008)
Blend and Grape Sources 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 4% Petite Verdot from estate-owned vineyards (75%) and independent growers (25%).
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 30 - November 2, 2005
Aging/Cooperage 19 months in a combination of new French and American oak barrels (50%) anf two-year-old (50%) from coopers Sylvain, Demptos, Demptos (American), Nadalié, Nadalié (Ameircan), Canton (American), Taransaud and Vicard.