Podcast 19 Two Guys and a “Date Night” Cabernet

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...

datenight 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:

label_190x255h2006 Phifer Pavitt ‘Date Night’ Cabernet Sauvignon

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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  • http://twitter.com/wininginmiami Jose R Maya

    Informative, funny Podcast!

  • http://www.vintuba.com ChrisO Vintuba.com

    Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • JessicaLaB

    65% new oak sounds like a ton to me, but you both had such nice things to say I'm curious to try it. That label seems like a strange fit for such a high price point. Doesn't quite convey the level of quality they seem to be striving for. To each his own, I guess.

    Great podcast guys!

  • http://www.vintuba.com ChrisO Vintuba.com

    Thanks for the comment! The label is certainly incongruous to the high price. So glad you liked the podcast!

    Thanks for listening,


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