James Suckling 94
"This shows wonderful density and texture with ripe tannins, as well as tangy acidity underneath. Full-bodied, yet tight and composed. Balanced and beautiful. Wonderful potential."-JS
Wilfred Wong 94
"I have generally placed the Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon among my top Cabs in the 50-100 range in any given vintage. The 2016 vintage could easily become my top wine in this price quadrant. TASTING NOTES: This wine hits all of the high notes. Its aromas and flavors of black fruits, dust, mint stay long and inviting on the palate. Pair it with a grilled extra thick pork chop and have a great dinner. (Tasted: March 1, 2019, San Francisco, CA)."-WW
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 86 Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot, 2 Malbec and 2 Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in 48 new French and American oak and bottled in May/June of 2018. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of crushed blackcurrants, blackberry pie and blueberry compote with suggestions of cigar box, menthol, rose hip tea and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with vibrant black fruit laced with plenty of spicy sparks, framed by grainy tannins and oodles of freshness and finishing long with a menthol kick."-RP
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated with dense black fruit, anise, roasted coffee, ripe blueberries, cedar box, and graphite. A fresh and focused wine with creamy texture and a long luscious mouthfeel with dusty earth, baking spices, sweet vanilla, and fresh fig notes. Blend: 86 Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 Merlot, 3 Petit Verdot, 2 Malbec, and 2 Cabernet Franc.-Winemakers Notes
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.-Winery Notes
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned and operated wine estate with vineyards and wineries in Napa Valley and on the western Sonoma Coast. The winery was founded in 1973 by Joseph Phelps, a successful construction executive and entrepreneur whose early interest in wine led him to establish vineyards on a 670-acre former cattle ranch in Napa Valley. Over the next 42 years Joe became one of the most respected figures in the California wine industry, building Joseph Phelps Vineyards into a critically-acclaimed winery internationally known for its iconic wines and unwavering commitment to quality. Joe's son, Bill Phelps, joined the family business in 1998 after a successful career in law, and as Executive Chairman now oversees Joseph Phelps Vineyards with a continued dedication to excellence. The winery's Board of Directors includes Joe's daughters, Leslie, Laurie and Lynn. In 2016, third generation family members Elizabeth Neuman, Director of Business Development, and Will Phelps, the winery's Director of Marketing, were appointed to the winery's executive management team, and Allie Phelps joined the winery's hospitality team. Today, the Phelps family is committed to maintaining and nurturing Joseph Phelps Vineyards as a family-owned and run winery and to extending the extraordinary legacy of its founder, Joe Phelps.