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2012 Michael David Phillips Cabernet Sauvignon "Earthquake"

Winery: Michael David Phillips

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Earthquake"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Petite Sirah

Region: Lodi

State or country: CA

Price: $26

Cases produced: 31,000

KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: October 3, 2014

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a black raspberry and black cherry bouquet with floral hints. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a ripe black cherry with notes of blueberry and vanilla oak. Tasting panel members also detected hints of cinnamon and chocolate. The finish is dry and its substantial sticky tannins last for a very long time. The panel suggested decanting this wine and pairing it with beef stew. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This vintage is brilliant deep purple clear out to the rim. It is juicy and fruit forward with plenty of structure. Black cherry compote predominates, but this bottle is infused with hints of cocoa. Consistent with Earthquake's signature style, it is full-bodied, but sleek as silk. Like all of our wines, it finishes smooth with mild tannins, and a slight high note on the finish.

Organic status: not organic

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