2009 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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210 Ratings
2009 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Winemaker's Notes

Though it takes a Cabernet Sauvignon designation, Phelps' Cabernet is typically blended with small percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and/or Malbec for enhanced complexity. Grapes are harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in contact with the skins, and aged an average of sixteen months in a combination of roughly 50% new French and American oak barrels and two- to four-year-old French and American oak barrels before being blended, lightly filtered and bottled.

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Though it takes a Cabernet Sauvignon designation, Phelps' Cabernet is typically blended with small percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and/or Malbec for enhanced complexity. Grapes are harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in contact with the skins, and aged an average of sixteen months in a combination of roughly 50% new French and American oak barrels and two- to four-year-old French and American oak barrels before being blended, lightly filtered and bottled.

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    A great value here. It's better than most wines that are double the price. Opened one last week and it was sensational.

    12 months
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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.

    almost 2 years
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    Smoother than Neal...Another Outstanding Cab

    over 1 year
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    great bottle with State Auto at Soaring Eagle

    about 2 years
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    Deep purple, Skol Vikings.

    about 2 years
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    Very good, nice finish

    about 1 year
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    3 bottles left

    over 1 year
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    excellent

    almost 3 years
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    w/Turner

    over 1 year
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1986 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 106 on Aug-96
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2000 Vintage)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2000 Vintage) Always a reliable producer, Phelps has done well with its effort from the questionable 2000 vintage. This wine reflects so much of the year in its clean, appropriately focused if somewhat quiet aromas and flavors. Tannins dry it out a bit at the end, but it will work well with steaks and chops.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2004 Vintage) There is a strong sense of muscle and fruity mass about this bottling right from the start, and, while it is not cast in the tough and sturdy style that is often the norm from Backus Vineyard, the wine is every bit as rich and well-filled as any of its noteworthy predecessors. It shows a pronounced trim of milk chocolate and vanilla running its length, but it is driven first and foremost by a generous and wonderfully constant measure of juicy, currant and black cherry fruit.
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: (94-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06