Original
96 Ratings
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Wine Description

(2012 Vintage) The Cabernet Sauvignon showcases classic Cabernet aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of baking spices and tobacco followed by layers of dark berries, graphite and cocoa powder on the palate. Full-bodied and dense with beautifully integrated oak and sweet tannins throughout the lingering finish.

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  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 120, May/June 2005 ($150; a blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 1% malbec) Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cedar, coffee, tobacco and bitter chocolate. Lush and smooth on entry, then dense and juicy in the middle, with intense, layered, sharply delineated dark berry and dark chocolate flavors saturating the entire palate. A powerful wine that is already quite expressive. ...
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    From first sniff to finish, this head-turning young wine is nothing less than a classic expression of all that is best in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Its juicy, concentrated aromas are rich in cassis and plentiful sweet oak while finding highlights of mineral and black soil terroir, and its very deep, keenly fruited flavors follow suit. Despite a bit of tannic hardness that is entirely in keeping with its varietal and age, the wine is wonderfully well-balanced and offers plenty of promise for...
  • Wine Spectator
    "A rich, dense and deeply concentrated young Cabernet, with layers of currant, plum, spice, cedar and blueberry notes that are tightly focused and supported by firm, ripe tannins."
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162