2010 Wolf Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon


2010 Wolf Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon

$40 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

This 30-acre winery on a dead-end street in St. Helena was founded by Doug and Jane Wolf in St. Helena.  Doug, an investment banker, bought the property—which features a Victorian house built in 1885—as a birthday gift.  Today, Jane manages the vineyard and Karen Culler, who earned a masters in viticulture and enology from U.C. Davis, handles the winemaking.  Vines on the estate were planted in 2000.

The name of this month’s selection—Phaedrus—alludes to an important figure in the dialogue of Plato, the Greek philosopher.  It also means “wolf” in Greek, so I guess you could say this is the 2010 Wolf Wolf Cabernet.  Very confusing.

This wine was aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 18 months, and it was just released in mid-February.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “The 2010 wines from Napa Valley are a bit leaner than usual and have a great balance of all the dark berry fruits that are characteristic of Napa cabs but also the restrained palate that is reminiscent of Old World wines. The 2010 Phaedrus Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys all the benefits of the blend. 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. The 2010 will be slow to age and should offer 10 years or more of enjoyment.”

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