6 Ratings
Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot

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Wine Description

(1996 Vintage) Approximately 25% of the blend came from estate-grown fruit in the Oak Knoll area, with the balance from independent grower in Carneros and Napa. The Merlot crop was affected much the same as the Cabernet in 1996, with a good amount of variability present in the vineyard as the season progressed. When harvest finally began in mid-September, we modified our harvesting methods to maximize quality. Selective picking and careful blending have resulted in a wine with all the color, flavor and matur...

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    special occasion fabulous. very smooth. definitely ready to drink.

    about 4 years
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    Blackberries Long balanced finish

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on May-06
  • Wine Advocate
    (1995 Vintage) Rating: (86-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 108 on Dec-96
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/02
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine