2010WolfCS2010 Wolf Family Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon “Phaedrus” St. Helena, Napa Valley.
Karen Culler’s latest Wolf Phaedrus is a gem and even though there are tons of Napa Cabs under $50, not many are as delicious as this release from Wolf Family Vineyards. It is hard not to get bored of generic Napa Cabs, and while there are ultra fantastic wines, sadly they are all in the $75 plus price range, so it is exciting to find a quality one under $50 that shows unique character and density without over the top ripeness. 2010 seems to have helped out, giving fressness and life to many Napa wines in this vintage, with this Wolf Phaedrus showing great life and clarity. The nose is pure with black fruits, acacia, mocha and minty leading to a rich and full palate of currant, blackberry, plum and creme de cassis while hints of spice, cedar, vanilla and black licorice add to the complexity along with sweet tobacco and graphite notes. This wine has power, lift and fullness in the mouth, but the tannins remain refined throughout and the acidity really adds focus and keeps the fruit vivid, this is a fine and quality effort, a well crafted Napa Cab to look for, no question.
($40 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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