Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.389 ratings
9.12 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
WineMascot

1992, great acidity and hint blue and plum fruit. Brick like mineral finish, almost reminded me of an Italian wine with comparable age. Nice one here, fun

1992, great acidity and hint blue and plum fruit. Brick like mineral finish, almost reminded me of an Italian wine with comparable age. Nice one here, fun

Jun 7th, 2018
Patrick Flemming

2004!

1 person found it helpfulMay 13th, 2015
Wulf Losee

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!

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!

Apr 10th, 2021
Bill Beers

Excellent cab. Smooth. Little dry after taste.

Excellent cab. Smooth. Little dry after taste.

Mar 9th, 2021
Paul Chitwood

Silky smooth, incredibly balanced, full rich flavor. Highly recommend.

Silky smooth, incredibly balanced, full rich flavor. Highly recommend.

Jul 20th, 2020
Josh Wallish

Enjoyed this on NYE. I bought it for $80. Not sure it’s worth that but I bought it at the big box store and got over charged.

Enjoyed this on NYE. I bought it for $80. Not sure it’s worth that but I bought it at the big box store and got over charged.

Jan 1st, 2020
Joshua Sheldon

Disappointing weight

Disappointing weight

Apr 14th, 2019
Keith Fisher

Bought this on release and cellared since. This is showing well with no urgency to open now. I’ve always been a fan of the Backus, but this is certainly a good value if you have patience and cellar space.

Bought this on release and cellared since. This is showing well with no urgency to open now. I’ve always been a fan of the Backus, but this is certainly a good value if you have patience and cellar space.

Mar 16th, 2019
Kevin Blix

Slightly peppery

Slightly peppery

Dec 26th, 2018
Jose A. Alvarez

Nice soft velvety taste.

Nice soft velvety taste.

Apr 6th, 2018