What happens when you have ChrisO and JonM separated by 2,000 miles and you add a organically grown cabernet sauvignon from Napa? Why a “Date Night” of course. Listen in and learn about the latest release of the 2006 Phifer Pavitt “Date Night” Cabernet Sauvignon. We have some fun at our own expense and talk about wild yeasts, Pope Valley, winemaker Ted Osborne (no not Ozzy’s long lost brother), and the merits of a $75 Napa Cab in the current economic climate.
ChrisO’s Tasting Notes:
In the glass it shows a dark ruby core that fades to a lighter ruby rim. Oak plays a leading role in the aromatics of this wine; aromas of Christmas spices, licorice, sweet vanilla pod and smoke, are backed up by fruit notes of blackberries, ratatouille, plum, cassis, and kirsch. There is also a more savory than sweet quality to aromatics. On the palate the wine reveals medium intense flavors of chocolate, tobacco leaf, hoisin sauce, dark berries, black cherries, plums, and liquid smoke. The tannins are fine grained well integrated but provide a nice structure and textural experience. A little more acid would give some needed lift to the fruit and add to the balance. I found the wine to possess a long pleasing finish that was punctuated by complexity and more savory then sweet flavors. This is a BIG wine and remained enjoyable to the last drop. If you are in search of a more elegant style this might not be for you, however if you are a fan of power house Napa cabs this is one to try. Drink this wine now or over the next 4-5 years. Retail $75 (from the winery).
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