Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

With our cheese course.

The shows, Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, shades of caramel, herbal notes, some white spice, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed greens.

The body is full, round, waxy and lush. Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, volcanic minerals, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, mote caramel on the palate, herbal notes, some white spice with just a touch of heat, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed green. The acidity is round and beautiful. The finish is rich, lush, elegant, well balanced and persists minutes.

Photos of, the Estate vineyards of their tasting patio, serving 17 futures a few weeks back, nice food spread for the party and the main hall after you past check in.
— 11 days ago

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Le Mistral Red Rhone Blend

From my cellar as a mystery bottle. Made by Craig Williams, the original Rhône Ranger. It was still alive and strong. Very Grenache dominant. And he guessed correctly what it was!! — 7 days ago

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Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Hard to believe this is almost a ten year old release, even decanted. Super tightly coiled and it seems like the fruit is suffocated by a rigid tannic structure. Highly expressive of Napa but not really enjoyable, I also can’t imagine it showing any better down the line... full disclosure, I don’t have humidity controlled storage, but I also think this wine isn’t really for me — 11 days ago

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Insignia - 30th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Insignia at its awesome powerful self. — 25 days ago

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Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Ron R
9.5

WS rated this 91 - criminal!
We think this rocks, and it’s structured for long-term cellaring. Beautiful whiff of tobacco, meat, spice-box and oak on the nose. Deftly balanced palate displays black briar fruits and polished tannins. Prominent minerality is balanced by just the right amount of acid. Yummy now, but is destined to further improve.
— 5 days ago

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That is criminal @Ron R
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right on @Mike R 👍

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.3

This was a check in on the 2007 vintage. The 07 is still very youthful and fresh. It will be another 5 years until I open another. However, it was nicely polished and perfect to close out our main course.

The body is full, lush & thick. The tannins still pronounced, round but, firm, meaty and nicely tarry. The structure & tension say this wine will last another 15-20 years properly stored. The length & balance show the excellent craft of this producer and the quality of the 2007 vintage in Napa.

It showed; very dark currants, heavily extracted. blackberries, black raspberries, black plum with skin, sweet dark tarriness, lots used dark expresso grounds, some graphite, fresh tobacco, pleasant woodiness, crushed dry rocks, limestone minerals, alluvial soils, nicely layered baking spices, some mid dark spice, incense, light herbs and fresh, dark, red, purple florals. The acidity is round and nicely executed. The long, still big, ruby, lush finish is really beautiful. However, I forward to what the 07 down the road. It is worth the wait.

Photos of; the Estate vines as viewed from their terrace, old barrels that decorate their tasting lounge, tasting terrace and main lounge area as you walk past check in.
— 17 days ago

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Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Aged nicely. Deep garnet color. Rich dark berries moderate tannins. Medium finish. Nice now — 3 days ago

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Eisrébe Napa Valley Scheurebe 2007

David T
9.0

We finished the night with carrot cupcakes from our bakery that really knows what they are doing. Paired pretty well with the 2007 Eisrebe. Not the best pairing I’ve done but, it did fit the bill.

This was a bottling I’ve overlooked for some time. While we loved Phelps wines, the Eisrebe was never going to stand above the many bottles of Sauternes we’ve had and collected. This is fine, just not outstanding which, is why we stopped taking in our club shipments and it’s persisted in my cabinets.

The nose reveals; marmalade, candied stone fruits, dry pineapple, lemon juice, oranges & tangerines, mixed nuts, toffee, honey notes, powdery, chalky limestone minerals, saline, yellow flowers and lilies.

The body is full, round, thick and waxy. The fruits are very sweet and candied...a little too sweet. marmalade, candied stone fruits, dry pineapple, lemon juice, lime zested candy, some grapefruit with sugar, oranges & tangerines, mixed nuts, toffee, beeswax, honey, caramel, corn syrup, powdery, chalky limestone minerals, saline, grainy volcanic minerals, yellow flowers and lilies. The acidity is round & quite excellent. The round, waxy, rich, lush, sweet finish is good and persists with great balance but, for me, a little too sweet.

Photos of; the Estate vines as viewed from their terrace, old barrels that decorate their tasting lounge, tasting terrace and main lounge area as you walk past check in.
— 17 days ago

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@David T Phelps has a Scheurebe??
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Wow. Scheu

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Napa Valley Merlot 1997

1997 Joseph Phelps MERLOT
Crystal clear in the glass yet full bodied.
Earthy, sweet & mineraly with nicely balanced fruit. Hard to imagine all those tastes in one varietal but it exist with every sip.
— 19 days ago

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