Succulent, supple, fresh.
Oliver's Phantom Creek Estates is owned by China-born Richmond-based businessman Richter Bai, who purchased the Phantom Creek and Beker (formerly owned by Harry McWatters who named it the Sundial Vineyard) vineyards in 2016.
From there a winery was erected, complete with guest center and restaurant. In 2021 Mark Beringer of Napa Valley joined the team as Director of Winemaking; he works alongside French consultants Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka.
The first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon released in the estate series (from the Black Sage and Golden Mile vineyards) was aged in French oak (60% new) for 18 months.
Black currents and grilled black plums, pencil shavings and leather, dark chocolate, tobacco and vanilla aromas lead to a fresh and succulent palate with a supple weight and excellent structure. Charred spice, black fruit and espresso flavours dominate; the tannins are superfine and have a sooty character.
Rich Meats , Barbeque, Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers
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Wine Diva reviewed - 2021-08-24 00:22:25.0