2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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WA 90   IWC 89(+?)   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec) is an impressive version. Their 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon is still alive at age 35. The 2008's dense ruby/purple color is followed by an attractive bouquet of creme de cassis and charcoal. Revealing full-bodied richness and lots of depth, it is one of the finest regular Cabernet Sauvignons Phelps has made in many years. The tannins have sweetened over the last year and this impressively endowed effort, while approachable now, should age for 20+ years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

Dark ruby-red. Showy aromas of cassis, cedar and flowers. Sweet and ripe but a bit youthfully austere compared to the 2007 and 2009 versions, showing a strong core of blueberry and cassis fruit. This very tight wine is taking its time to open up but appears to have the fruit intensity to support its serious tannic spine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Stefan N
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/18/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2010-2023

Rating: 91
Author: nadeausp
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/26/2012

Average rating: 89, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

216 bottles owned by 67 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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