Dark ruby in color with a reddish/ brick rim.
Nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, spices, espresso, light herbs, dark chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn, light alcohol and leather.
Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, figs, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, herbs, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Well balanced with a great mouthfeel. Complex and interesting. Elegant, rich and fruit forward.
This 14 year old is drinking very nicely right out of the bottle, and better with air. Tannins show up after 2 hours in the decanter, and bring in nice structure.
Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.
Does not drink like a 14 year old at all, and feels much younger. Will continue to age nicely in the next few years. Feels like it is nearing its peak. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine to have with good friends. This is a gorgeous wine.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in (85% new) French oak barrels for 16 months.
15.2% alcohol by volume.
$225. — 3 months ago
Big arse cab. Whoa. Young but benefits from generous decant. — 4 months ago
Needs 4-6 hours at this point.
I opened this way too early, definitely a 2nd day with a big decant. This is a classically styled cabernet, you wouldn’t open a 2018 Ridge or Heitz, Scarecrow, Dominus etc etc,,,,
These are two fabulous wines from Chris Phelps. The 2018 in particular is brilliant. When I think of reference-point wines from Sleeping Lady, the Ad Vivum Cabernet is very high up on the list of wines that captures all of the finesse of this site. — 10 months ago
Straw, peach — 2 years ago