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95 Ratings
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Details

Wine Description

(2009 Vintage) This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with aromatics of blackberry, plum and black cherries intertwined with characteristics of chocolate covered espresso beans and licorice. The wine covers the palate with concentrated, balanced tannins and a long, silky finish.

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    Fairly typical napa cab but all in a good way. Nice fruit with good balance. Holds up with red meat well.

    over 4 years
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    Smoother than Neal...Another Outstanding Cab

    over 3 years
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    great bottle with State Auto at Soaring Eagle

    over 4 years
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    Deep purple, Skol Vikings.

    over 4 years
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    3 bottles left

    almost 4 years
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    excellent

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
  • Wine Spectator
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/06
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage) "The restrained, European-styled 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits classic notes of cedar, black currants, menthol, and spice as well as excellent fruit, sweet tannin, delineation, and vibrant acidity. It should drink well for a decade."
  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: (94-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2002 Vintage) 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...