PHIFER PAVITT Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Date Night 2006
Well-crafted, tight and structured, with a complex blend of currant, boysenberry, black cherry and plum fruit framed by chewy, integrated tannins. Ends with a loamy earth edge. Drink now through 2017. 275 cases made. Phifer Pavitt Date Night is the best Pope Valley Cabernet I've tried (although the label doesn't say Pope Valley) Phifer Pavitt's bottling comes from Pope Valley, which is legally part of Napa, but is separated from the valley by Howell Mountain. This is the second exciting vintage from this producer, and I'm sure that once people realize how good Pope Valley wines can be, you'll start to see and hear more references to the Pope Valley-Napa Valley appellation, as well as more producers seeking its grapes. (A petition for a Pope Valley AVA, or American Viticultural Area, is in the works.) The wines are rich and fleshy, with gobs of fruit and great depth, but not as heavy as some Cabernets from the valley floor. —J.L.
The tasting will be at the home of Dr. David & Rhonda Kemp and conducted poolside if weather permits. It will take place Thursday evening, Oct. 1 at 7pm. Suzanne will be flying in from her Napa Valley home and personally conducting the tasting. Phifer-Pavitt has graciously donated the wine and her expenses, so all monies go directly to our charity Kalein scholarship fund. We will do a comparative tasting of the 2006 (93 rating W.S.)and the rare and sold-out 2005 (94 rating W.S.) "Date Night" vintages. We will also taste the extraordinary Olabisi Chardonnay from Phifer-Pavitt award-winning winemaker Ted Osborne and possibly a Syrah as well. Plenty of wine complemented by cheeses selected for ideal pairings will be on hand.
Space is limited to first 35.
The tasting is $50. donation per person.
You may sign up HERE.
To read more about our wonderful experience with Phifer-Pavitt Wines in Napa Valley, read HERE.