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Phipps Family Cellars

Phipps Family Cellars
2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$100

Phipps Family Cellars
2015 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9% RS: <1%
Dusty black violet color. Aromas of leather, baked plum, cherry cobbler, fine tobacco, and good n’ plenty candies with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long stewed figs, balsamic reduction on roasted nuts, allspice and bay leaf, blueberry compote, and soy glaze finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock-solid, nicely polished Napa Cab; silky and stately.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: leather, baked plum, cherry cobbler, fine tobacco, and good n' plenty candies
Taste Flavor: stewed figs, balsamic reduction on roasted nuts, allspice and bay leaf, blueberry compote, and soy glaze
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock-solid, nicely polished Napa Cab; silky and stately.

The Producer

Phipps Family Cellars

The Producer
PO Box 10901
Napa, CA 94581
USA
1 707-265-0677

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.