Saturday, December 15, 2007

Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nice nose of mixed berries and currants

Fairly plush texture with dark fruit on the palate

Finishes with gobs of chocolate and currant layers

This is a fairly good wine that will please fans of Napa Cabernet. It's not particularly refined or well-structured, but it has the big flavor and nice texture that has come to characterize Napa Cab. Serve this with a steak and this wine will shine.

Prices continue to climb for wines like this from top producers. At $45 or so, it's not a wine that most people will open every night. However, next to the winery's top Cabernet-based offering called Insignia, this wine looks almost inexpensive. Raise a glass!

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