2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the glass with mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs, smoke, licorice, incense and orange peel. An exotic, layered wine, the 2011 impresses for its length and pure persistence. The style is that of a cold year, which means the tannins are a bit firm and in need of further bottle age. This is a beautiful wine for the year, but also in its own right.
Aromas of terrcotta, clay, red earth, cocoa and berry. Full body with round, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Very well done for 2011. Better in 2016.
A more vibrant style than I've tasted from Phelps in a while. Evocative of years past - and at more than 15,000 cases harvested from all over Napa, a sign of quality at scale. It's smoky, almost meaty, in its aromas, with lots of fresh plum and coffee. Well-suited to the vintage.
Dense, toasty nose of liquorice and fruit cake; very powerful. The palate has a silky texture but shows great richness and concentration. There is still considerable grip but impressive fruit weight too.