Rh Phillips Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Score: N/A Tasting Notes: Elegant and aromatic, this wine features raspberry, cherry & rhubarb notes, ripe tannins, and a hint of vanilla, mocha and toasty notes from the barrel aging process. The Lake County fruit provides the backbone and structure of the wine, while Mendocino's Redwood Valley contributes perfumed notes of raspberry and blackberry. This wine is best paired with a fine steak, a casual burger, or a decadent chocolate dessert. Web Site: Click Here
R.H. Phillips Winery, nestled in the Dunnigan Hills northwest of of Sacremento, was founded in 1983 by brothers Karl and John Giguiere along with John’s wife Lane. Twenty-eight years later the Giguiere’s continue to produce quality wine with the help of winemakers Blake Kuhn and Owen Smith. Known for their Toasted Head brand wines, the winery sits on 1,700 acres and is a favorite site for weddings and other special events.
Although the nose was OK I found this 2008 to be rather closed down on flavor and heavy with hot alcohol. Nice oak flavor, but harsh, sharp and very alcohol distracting. A bad, heat damaged bottle perhaps? Bottle #2, same vintage: Much better. Definite dark fruit flavor with a lot less alcohol noticeable. Nice oak, there is still a sharp characteristic though and this wine is a bit sour.
External Reviews for Rh Phillips Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon
The latest incarnation of the famous, fire-breathing bear is what you'd expect: richly focused on its cassis and dark cherry flavors, with that hallmark creamy, mocha-scented oak wrapping the rich fruit in a velvety, fine-grained warmth.
Aging in barrels made of wood that has been toasted gives the Toasted Head line of products from producer R.H. Phillips a unique flavor. Notes of blackberries and dried cherries lead the path and melt into a soft chocolate-covered espresso bean flavor with light leather and earthy undertones.
While the brand was named after the practice of toasting the barrel heads and staves during the coopering process, it may also provide a glimpse of the toasty flavors that 18 months of aging in American oak barrels (20% new wood) imparts. Also detected are notes of chocolate and coffee. The blending of 12% Petit Verdot provides rich tannins for excellent aging potential.
A straightforward Cabernet, with good varietal character. Dry and balanced; shows blackberry, cassis and oak flavors, with a rough, briary finish that turns chocolaty.