1986 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon: A bit of brown sugar to the nose
jan. 23, 2010: we got back from indy and bloomington and arrived at my parents' house to two twirling dogs (one big, the other little) who almost tripped us and pushed us backwards onto my car. so ashby and shelby were glad to have us home, and almost instantaneously, my dad rewarded us with glasses of this napa valley eisele vineyard from st. helena, california. i don't know how to describe this wine, other than to say that, inexplicably, the nose made me think of brown sugar. the texture was soft, with minor tannins. 13.4 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.