64% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2019 Phoenix is a blend of 64% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc. It offers up soaring aromatics and pliant red-toned fruit, all in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. This beautifully balanced wine from Lee Hudson and his team is an absolute winner.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
The Merlot-dominated 2019 Phoenix (there’s 18% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) offers a great nose of ripe black cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and damp earth, and it’s medium to full-bodied, ripe, and incredibly polished on the palate. It’s one hell of a Merlot, especially at the price. Drink this beauty over the coming 8-10 years.
93 points, James Suckling
Ripe plums, blueberries and black cherries combine with sweet vanilla, pine wood and baking spices. Full-bodied, plush and tannic, yet this has a creamy, soft texture. The juicy and vibrant character makes its easy to drink. Long, warming finish. Give it three or four years to soften and come together. Try after 2024.