Winemaker Notes The first of two drought years, harvest was early and yielded fruit low in acid and high in sugar. An average vintage, wines were high in extract and tannin, but without commensurate flavor and acid.
93 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
On the palate, this is the most concentrated, highly extracted red wine ever made at Phelps. (1988)
Blend and Grape Sources
94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot from 100% grower fruit in Calistoga and Oakville (94% Eisele Vineyard)
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in American Oak Uprights, new Never French oak barrels and Yugoslavian ovals.