Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2186 ratings
9.211 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Deep ruby red. Green and herbal on the nose to start but blew off leading to a touch of heat, anise, cinnamon and dark berries. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Layers of black fruit on the palate with some more cassis and a touch of gravel. Solid structure and medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2028. (90+)

Deep ruby red. Green and herbal on the nose to start but blew off leading to a touch of heat, anise, cinnamon and dark berries. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Layers of black fruit on the palate with some more cassis and a touch of gravel. Solid structure and medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2028. (90+)

Oct 21st, 2017
Robbie Roemer

Just a lovely wine. Well balanced. Earth, tannins, and wood were there after initial tasting. As bottle breathed, currant notes gave way and a bit of tobacco. I loved it. With @Susan Roemer

Just a lovely wine. Well balanced. Earth, tannins, and wood were there after initial tasting. As bottle breathed, currant notes gave way and a bit of tobacco. I loved it. With @Susan Roemer

1 person found it helpfulJan 3rd, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The 13 is starting to soften a bit. I have a case of this and I generally do not buy more than six bottles of most wines. Just too much good wine to own. However, this has all the making of a superstar. The concentration is incredible. All beautiful dark ripe fruit, beautiful tannins and acidity. Mid red fruits pull up the rear. Nice leather, underbrush, cocoa powder, soft rich minerals and a polished long finish. This could easily end up being the best Napa Cabernet they've made. Exceeding some of their older Insignia's. Can't wait to open this in 10-15 years.

The 13 is starting to soften a bit. I have a case of this and I generally do not buy more than six bottles of most wines. Just too much good wine to own. However, this has all the making of a superstar. The concentration is incredible. All beautiful dark ripe fruit, beautiful tannins and acidity. Mid red fruits pull up the rear. Nice leather, underbrush, cocoa powder, soft rich minerals and a polished long finish. This could easily end up being the best Napa Cabernet they've made. Exceeding some of their older Insignia's. Can't wait to open this in 10-15 years.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2016
Taylor Morrow

One of the best cabs I've ever had. Incredibly smooth and rich!

One of the best cabs I've ever had. Incredibly smooth and rich!

1 person found it helpfulNov 6th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Violets leap out of the glass. Concentrated core of blackberries, black plum, some blueberries, dark raspberries, anise, baking spices, new leather, dark crumbled minerals, dry crushed rock, just a touch of pepper, dried florals, liquid violets and a touch of herbs. This super concentrated Cabernet will develop into a really nice wine in another 8-10 years.

Violets leap out of the glass. Concentrated core of blackberries, black plum, some blueberries, dark raspberries, anise, baking spices, new leather, dark crumbled minerals, dry crushed rock, just a touch of pepper, dried florals, liquid violets and a touch of herbs. This super concentrated Cabernet will develop into a really nice wine in another 8-10 years.

Aug 12th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Awesome blue/black fruit, light spice nose. Still fresh, good concentration. Fruits and spice are the same as the nose. Velvety wet black earth.

Awesome blue/black fruit, light spice nose. Still fresh, good concentration. Fruits and spice are the same as the nose. Velvety wet black earth.

May 8th, 2016
Paul K
9.3

I’m so glad the 2013’s are a year older!😉 Have been focusing on this vintage since the new year and seen some significant changes in ones we’ve waited a year or two since having. This one is no exception.
We’ve loved this cab since first bottle 6 years ago. Remember rounder blue fruit, but fell in love with it then. Now, it’s different, but just as good or better.
Palate cherry, raspberry, blue fruit, tobacco, anise, something herbal, and a touch of pepper. Chewy tannins and goes a long time in the mouth.
Can’t wait until next year!

I’m so glad the 2013’s are a year older!😉 Have been focusing on this vintage since the new year and seen some significant changes in ones we’ve waited a year or two since having. This one is no exception.
We’ve loved this cab since first bottle 6 years ago. Remember rounder blue fruit, but fell in love with it then. Now, it’s different, but just as good or better.
Palate cherry, raspberry, blue fruit, tobacco, anise, something herbal, and a touch of pepper. Chewy tannins and goes a long time in the mouth.
Can’t wait until next year!

Jan 16th, 2021
Paul K
9.4

Still youthful, but in a great place now.

Still youthful, but in a great place now.

Oct 7th, 2020
Alvaro Bustillos

Joseph phelps @napa
7/16
Alex y nana

Joseph phelps @napa
7/16
Alex y nana

May 21st, 2020
Christian Fischer

A very nice wine. Great they still had a bottle, it came off the menu. Sad, but perhaps not the price point at a Chinese place

A very nice wine. Great they still had a bottle, it came off the menu. Sad, but perhaps not the price point at a Chinese place

Mar 8th, 2020