• Home
  • 1986 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

1986 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard

  • 92 WA
  • 77 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

Out of stock

learn more about producers & collectors

SKU: 56205-1986-750

This item is available by the case only


This is a final sale item

Not eligible for cancellations or refunds

  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The youngest and most backward, and the most promising wine of the four 1986 wines in this segment, is the 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard. The dense purple color with no lightening or amber is followed by a classic Eisele nose of crushed stones/minerals, black-raspberries/currants, and spicy wood. Full-bodied, concentrated, and pure, yet very youthful, this wine could easily have passed for a 3-4 year old California Cabernet. Hefty and concentrated, with considerable tannin, it requires another 2-4 years of cellaring; it will last for 20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 77

    This smells dirty and leathery, and though it's slightly more palatable, most of what you get is gritty leathery flavors. Tasted from magnum.--'76/'86 California Cabernet retrospective.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Appears to be at its peak. Forward fruit and diminished tannins. Long finish.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2012
    Author: Charles M71
  • Self | Rating:

    Original Note - 13.4% alc, mod fill
    Author: Lulu SF
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 190 bottles owned
  • 48 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 48 collectors)