A producer’s sample of a wonderful Napa red wine, 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 percent Petit Verdot from a half-dozen estate-owned vineyards. A rich, plummy aroma and flavors of dark fruit and coffee make this a superior example of California wine at its best, with perfect balance and a long, robust finish, thanks to 24 months in new French oak. Another couple of years of age will bring it even closer to greatness.
WHO Joseph Phelps Vineyards
WHAT Cabernet Sauvignon (95%), Petit Verdot (5%)
WHERE California, Napa Valley
HOW MUCH $200 (media sample)