2018 vintage opened May 2021. Raspberries and briars on the nose.￼ Dried currants on the front of the palate. Medium tannic structure with a silky mouth feel. It finishes quickly though with some mineral high notes. I’d give it more points if the finish were longer. But this wine is delish. It’s ready to drink now, and I expected to be drinkable for the next five years — but I don’t think it’s going to evolve in complexity. — a day ago
Normally I would never describe a white wine as being chewy, but this wine is chewy. It’s got some lovely velvety tannins from the Semillon. And the Sauvignon Blanc give it sparkle. Meyer lemon and limes on the nose. Vanilla and hint of brown sugar on the front. The medium tannic structure adds an understated solidity to this wine. Grapefruit high notes on the top of the palate and on the finish, with a return of the vanilla as I swallow. This is the setting sun in the glass that Emily Dickinson wrote about.￼ — a month ago
Twice the price and half as interesting as the Krause Vineyard Pinot I tasted yesterday. As far as I can tell their vineyards are only a couple of miles apart, but Mount Eden is at a higher elevation by maybe 1500 feet. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad wine. But the Krause Vineyard is putting out something unique and surprising, while Mount Eden is putting out something that’s predictable by coastal Pinots. Lots of chlorophyll on the nose — Unripe cherries and briars. Just a hint of fruit on the front of the palate, with a light to medium tannic structure. Lots of random high notes at the back of the palate with a very short finish.This is a perfectly drinkable wine but not very interesting.￼￼ — 2 months ago
2016 opened April 2021. Roses and a hint of rhubarb and loam on the nose. Ripe cherries on the front. A silky medium-bodied tannic structure￼￼ holds all the flavor elements of this wine together — right up until the end — then it fades abruptly to create a disappointingly short finish. Lots of citrusy high notes — grapefruit and lemon zest — begin at the mid palate, and they linger a while after the rest of the flavors fade.￼ They are not unpleasant, but it would’ve been nice to have the tannic structure to offset them at the very finish.￼ This is a very drinkable but light-weight wine.￼ Not very interesting nor challenging.￼ — a month ago
2018 opened March 2021. Green apples and clover on the nose. Red raspberries on the front. Light tannic structure with a lot of mineral high notes￼ that are expressed from the mid palate to the end. Maybe just a hint of honey after a long finish. quite unique, but quite enjoyable.￼ — 2 months ago
Lush, well rounded. Spicy nose. This is a Labrador retrievor of wines of wine. It jumps all over you and licks your face. — 3 days ago
Wulf had this 3 days ago
2011 tasted April of 2021. While the flirtatious wines of Bordeaux will, with rare exceptions, betray my trust, I can always depend on Joseph Phelps to provide me with a solid bottle wine.
Year after year, no matter what the stresses of the vintage were, the wine makers at JP know how to produce perfectly balanced Cabs and Cab blends (but they’re not as successful with the non-Cab varietals).
This bottle of JP’s Cab is decade old, and it’s just hitting its stride. Lots of leather, rust, and a hint of mint on the nose. Ripe cherries and pomegranates on the front. The original velvety tannic balance has become just a wee bit tattered over the years. But this new-found roughness provides a youthful and boisterous counterpoint to the rest of the component that are entering a staid middle age (in wine years that is). It’s like your 45-year-old dad going wild and buying a Harley Davidson, then cruising off down the road. You say, “WTF! That’s is the way to live!” Lots of gravely high notes on the mid palate, but the old velvety tannins reassert themselves on the long finish. This is a damn lovely wine!￼ — a month ago