2005 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 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.

Rating: 90
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Drink Dates: 2010-2020

Rating: 89
Author: Bryon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/31/2014
Good color and body. Light berry flavors from start to finish.

Rating: 89
Author: jkrier
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/07/2011

Rating: 80
Author: Gracie
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 05/02/2015

Average rating: 89, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

3393 bottles owned by 1012 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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