A taste off with some great masters! What a treat to be able to taste all three of these wines at one time..Thanks John C. !
Well..Let’s start with the grapes: the Joseph Phelps is a blend of Cab, merlot and petit verdot , whereas the other two are purebred cabs ( I think ) Then the size: all were 1.5 Liter Magnum bottles!! Thanks again JOHN !! Then the pricing: The Phelps is about $600., the Staglin $500. and the Caymus : $325. First off..They are of course all great wines..separated by slight nuances and dollars! We first tried the Phelps ..the big hitter… it was wonderfully smooth with a very rich and mellow taste. The wine had an inner strength for a 1997 with a developed menage a trois of flavors that coddled the glass. Next was the Caymus. This Rutherford cab from Napa had a deep tasting edge , that I could almost chew, there was a depth of character like Peter O’toole that conveyed passion, desire, and a wonderful sense of terroir. Finally the Staglin……….I tried comparing the Caymus and the Staglin..very difficult except for this: The Staglin had a more herbaceous and restrained ,tightly wound conglomerate ..there I said it! well really..I think that the Staglin has many years to go before eluding it’s magnificence! thereby I decree that the Great and powerful CAYMUS was the most delicious , most thought worthy most dimensional and really the most delicious wine with a something to grasp!