2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 90

($54; includes 6% merlot and 3% petit verdot) Good deep ruby-red. Claret-like aromas of blackberry, currant bud, bitter chocolate, licorice and graphite, plus a whiff of garrigue Juicy and laid-back, with firm, nicely integrated acids contributing to an impression of youthful austerity. Strong dark berry and graphite character in the mouth. Gains breadth on the back end, with the tannins substantial but nicely integrated. This very lively wine should be held for a couple of years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 89

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses aromas of creme de cassis, bay leaf, and spice box as well as soft tannins, medium body, and luscious fruit. It is a delicious, French-styled effort to drink over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 90

Smooth-textured, supple and harmonious, with subtle layers of currant, spice, herb, anise and light cedary oak, ending with a graceful mix of ripe fruit and fine-grained tannins.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Laube


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Score: 90
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 10/02/2014
Drink Dates:
Score: 89
Author: Bryon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/31/2014
Good color and body. Light berry flavors from start to finish.
Score: 90
Author: Cellar Dweller 33
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/12/2012
Drink Dates: 2012
very nice wine. Lots of negitive tasting notes from previous tasters. completly unfounded. Wine is drinking well now.
Score: 89
Author: jkrier
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/07/2011
Score: 93
Author: Rossboss
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/25/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2016
This was terrific - what an excellent California Cab. This is probably getting to its peak - such great integration of oak with blackberries, herbs, dried cherry flavors. Full bodied, delicious, great complexity and a lengthy finish. For a non-vineyard specific Napa Cab this drank like wines 3-4x the value.
More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley:

1980 (750ml)

About This Producer


Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.

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