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Wolf Family Vineyards "Phaedrus" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (St. Helena, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93]
Wolf Family Vineyards "Phaedrus" Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (St. Helena, Napa Valley, California) - Robert Parker [93 pts]


 
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Winery: Wolf Family Vineyards
Varietal: 77% Cab, 9% Cab Franc, 9% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Region: St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: WOLFPHAEDRUSCAB07-W

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Why this a "Must Have" Cab:
  • Only 524 cases produced.
  • All estate grown fruit from the famed Inglewood Estate.
  • Vineyard Manager is Jim Barbour - one of the most respected vineyard managers with over 30 years experience working with: | Amuse Bouche | Barbour Vineyards | Barnett Vineyard | Bella Oaks Vineyard | Blank Vineyards | Blankiet     Vineyards | Bidwell Creek Vineyards | Cain Vineyards | Cakebread Vineyards – Howell Mountain | Chiarello Vineyards | DR Stephens | Fleming Vineyards | Grace Family Vineyard | Hundred Acre Wine Estate | Husic Vineyards | Keever Vineyards | La Sirena Vineyards | Lynch Vineyards | Narsi David Vineyards | Parallel Vineyards | Pillar Rock Vineyards | Policy Vineyards | Revana Family Vineyards | Seaver Vineyards | Snowden Vineyards | Von Strasser Vineyards | Wolf Vineyards | York Creek Vineyard.
  • Winemaker is Karen Culler who has worked with Robert Mondavi, Vichon, Renteria Wines, Ladera, Rivera Vineyards.
  • Received 90+ points from Robert Parker for the 2006 and 93 points for the 2005
  • Very balanced Bordeaux (Meritage) blend; very velvety mouthfeel with a creamy, unctuous and lingering finish.
524 cases bottled May 2009
Estate grown: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, 5% Petite Verdot
Released April 1. 2010
Karen Culler, Winemaker
Jane and Doug Wolf, Proprietors

Winemaking
Phaedrus was conceived as a bottling that would capture the terroir of Wolf Family Vineyards in an accessible wine for an earlier release. 2007 Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Hand picked and gently crushed, the must was cold soaked then fermented. After a gentle pressing the wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels for 17 months.



The Phaedrus Vineyard is comprised of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and planted in the year 2000 in the westernmost part of our estate on a rocky bench. Each varietal inhabits only a few vine rows and never exceeds more than a ton of grapes. The 2007 Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon utilizes this “spice box.” Malbec offers spice and black cherry aromatics. Petite Verdot plumps the wine with a lush, juicy mid palate. Cabernet Franc is loaded with floral and fruit aromatics, along with a luscious mouthfeel. All of which are supported by the richly textured foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon. A complex, forward wine that can be consumed now or will age well over the next 5 years. 524 cases produced.


Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"An under-the-radar estate with top-notch wines made by skilled winemaking consultant Karen Culler, Wolf Family’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Phaedrus is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. There are 525 cases of this excellent bargain. It offers a deep plum/purple hue as well as a fragrant bouquet of unsmoked cigar tobacco, sweet cherries, black currants and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, round, generous and silky textured, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 10-12 years." - Robert Parker (12/2010)

“Classic 95" Rating - The Wine Insiders:
"Gorgeous spice, black cherry and floral aromatics lead out with a lush, juicy mid-palate. Concentrated flavors of dark fruit, espresso, cocoa and spice are supported by the rich texture. A complex yet forward wine that can be consumed now or will age well over the next 5 years." The Wine Insiders.com

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Bright red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice pastille. Juicy and a bit grapey, with moderate depth but plenty of early appeal to the flavors of cassis, blackberry, violet and mint. Finishes with building tannins, good length and a lingering minty nuance." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June '10)

90+ Points -
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2006 vintage):
"The tannic, backward, yet at the same time, irrefutably elegant 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Phaedrus has a dense purple color and notes of red and black currants intermixed with licorice, spice box, and graphite. It is pure, rich, medium to full-bodied, but the tannin level suggests 3-4 years of cellaring is warranted. It should last at least two decades. Consultant Karen Culler is the winemaking talent behind these offerings." - Robert Parker (12/2009)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2005 vintage):
"The more supple 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Phaedrus is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aged 16 months in one-half new French oak, there are 719 cases of this beauty. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by loads of creme de cassis fruit intermingled with notions of roasted herbs, coffee beans, licorice, and a subtle touch of background oak. The noble sweetness of the tannins, luscious, velvety textured mid-palate, and long finish suggest this wine can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15+ years. Karen Culler produces these limited production cuvees that are well-worth a search of the marketplace." - Robert Parker (12/2008)


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