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About the Wine
What is a Steady State?
The winemakers says that "If a system is in a steady state, then the recently observed behavior of the system will continue into the future. Steady State pays homage to growing up in the Napa Valley and learning from its traditions. Also, being ready to disrupt them."
About the Winery
Josh Phelps is the son of well known winemaker, Chris Phelps. Chris' background includes experience at Petrus, as the first winemaker at Dominus, and nine years at Caymus. Talk about pedigree! Josh grew up around the vines and the opportunity to great his own brand was too tempting to pass up. Given his local's access and neighborhood friends, the grapes that go into this wine include vineyards that are adjacent to Silver Oak and Beckstoffer's Dr. Crane. If that doesn't mean anything to you, know that Cabs from those vineyards regularly sell for $100-200/btl or more.
BHW has scored an incredible deal on this Cab, from the exceptional 2016 vintage.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Malbec, 0.5% Merlot
Winemaker Tasting Notes:
Broodingly deep ruby in color, 2016 Steady State shows fragrant notes of cassis buds, ripe red and black cherries, as well as warm, complex aromas of blackberry brambles, wild rosemary and lavender. Intense and focused on the palate, the tannins are well-proportioned, lending elegance and charm throughout the long, aromatic finish. While drinkable upon release, this wine has the balance and structure to drink nicely for 8 to 10 years.
Attractive, vanilla-dusted violet aromas with blackcurrants and purple cherries. The palate delivers a very succulent array of fresh ripe berries and plums in a fleshy, approachable style. Drink or hold.~ 92 JS
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