2013 Phifer Pavitt DATE NIGHT Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
A dense and luscious tour de force of massive complexity, as if it were composed of a multitude of wines all rolled into one. Beautifully brash and delicately nuanced, it opens with an impossibly rich nose of grilled plums, toffee, crushed summer blackberries, black tar, cardamon, and maple smoke. The wine washes across the palate in dense waves of black and purple fruits, black cherries, and succulent cassis, while somehow maintaining a vibrant mouth-quenching energy, all wrapped in gobs of velvety tannins that turn silky and smooth on the long finish. Yet there is an ancestral minerality at play here that portends the evolution sure to come over the next 15 to 25 years.