Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.359 ratings
9.311 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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

It has been a few years since our last 2007. It has softened some but, still a beast and picked up more florals. The 2007 has shown the consistent quality of the vintage over multiple bottles.

The nose reveals; dark sweet currants, deeply extracted blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, purple fruit blend, blueberries, poached strawberries on the glass edges, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, steeped fruit teas, sweet tarriness, leathery notes, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, dry herbs, dark liqueur notes, hints of graphite, volcanic minerals, dry top soil, expresso roast, vanilla, light, dark clove, touch of nutmeg, dark chocolate, coco powder, malt in malt balls with dark, withering & candied florals with violets & lavender.

The body is; ruby, lush and full. The tannins are; round, chewy, meaty, dusty and only 50% resolved. The structure, tension, length and balance have just hit their stride and still climbing. Dark sweet currants, deeply extracted blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, purple fruit blend, blueberries, plum, poached strawberries on the glass edges, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, steeped fruit teas, sweet tarriness, leathery notes, dry crushed rocks, moist clay, dry brush, dry herbs, dark liqueur notes, hints of graphite, volcanic minerals, dry top soil, expresso roast, vanilla, light, dark clove, touch of nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, coco powder, malt in malt balls, Asian spice, splash of soy sauce, a touch of black pepper, wood plank, withering & candied florals with violets & lavender. The acidity is like a fresh mountain stream. The long finish is; elegant, ripe, ruby, well balanced fruit & earth and persistent for days.

The 07 has 10-20 years of good drinking ahead depending on how you store & enjoy wine.

Photos of; their Estate vines as viewed from their patio terrace, the famous Napa Valley sign on Hwy 29 at sunset and a couple different shots of their member party.

It has been a few years since our last 2007. It has softened some but, still a beast and picked up more florals. The 2007 has shown the consistent quality of the vintage over multiple bottles.

The nose reveals; dark sweet currants, deeply extracted blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, purple fruit blend, blueberries, poached strawberries on the glass edges, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, steeped fruit teas, sweet tarriness, leathery notes, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, dry herbs, dark liqueur notes, hints of graphite, volcanic minerals, dry top soil, expresso roast, vanilla, light, dark clove, touch of nutmeg, dark chocolate, coco powder, malt in malt balls with dark, withering & candied florals with violets & lavender.

The body is; ruby, lush and full. The tannins are; round, chewy, meaty, dusty and only 50% resolved. The structure, tension, length and balance have just hit their stride and still climbing. Dark sweet currants, deeply extracted blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, purple fruit blend, blueberries, plum, poached strawberries on the glass edges, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, steeped fruit teas, sweet tarriness, leathery notes, dry crushed rocks, moist clay, dry brush, dry herbs, dark liqueur notes, hints of graphite, volcanic minerals, dry top soil, expresso roast, vanilla, light, dark clove, touch of nutmeg, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, coco powder, malt in malt balls, Asian spice, splash of soy sauce, a touch of black pepper, wood plank, withering & candied florals with violets & lavender. The acidity is like a fresh mountain stream. The long finish is; elegant, ripe, ruby, well balanced fruit & earth and persistent for days.

The 07 has 10-20 years of good drinking ahead depending on how you store & enjoy wine.

Photos of; their Estate vines as viewed from their patio terrace, the famous Napa Valley sign on Hwy 29 at sunset and a couple different shots of their member party.

Nov 16th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

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.

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.

Sep 29th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

On the nose, sweet dark currants. Ripe & rich blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, black raspberries & poached strawberries. Fair amount of baking spices, anise, black raspberry cola, black tea, violets and fresh dark florals. The palate is lush, beautiful & fresh. The fruits perfectly ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, black raspberries & poached strawberries. Really delicious! Black raspberry cola, anise, moist rich turned earth, sweetened black tea, a touch of dark crushed rocks, some, sry top soil, a note of bay leaf, fresh tobacco leaf, very little graphite, nice round acidity and a long, slightly dry tannin fruit finish that last over a minute. It's very good now but patience will be rewarded waiting five more years to open. @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

On the nose, sweet dark currants. Ripe & rich blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, black raspberries & poached strawberries. Fair amount of baking spices, anise, black raspberry cola, black tea, violets and fresh dark florals. The palate is lush, beautiful & fresh. The fruits perfectly ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, black raspberries & poached strawberries. Really delicious! Black raspberry cola, anise, moist rich turned earth, sweetened black tea, a touch of dark crushed rocks, some, sry top soil, a note of bay leaf, fresh tobacco leaf, very little graphite, nice round acidity and a long, slightly dry tannin fruit finish that last over a minute. It's very good now but patience will be rewarded waiting five more years to open. @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Sep 9th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Last weekend, we enjoyed the 06 Napa. Tonight, we coravin-ed an 07 for comparison. I have to tell you that their Napa Cabernets are pretty consistent year to year despite changes in weather etc.. However, many people & critics revered the 07 vintage and with cause. It's has better structure, length tension & balance over the 06. Yet, the 06 is nearly just as luxurious as the 07. For me, I've had more expensive Napa Producers than the JP Napa. For example, some; Carters, Realm, Blankiet, Merus & Kobalt just to name a few. Keep in mind, I said some and not all. Many of these wines are twice the price of the JP Napa yet did not deliver twice the pleasure. In fact, some not as much pleasure and some only as good for twice & more the the price. I love really good wine, but I love wine that delivers 3-4 times on the price even more. JP Napa does that with 10+ years in the bottle...not upon release or in it's infancy. If you drink them early, you're just throwing your $ away. This 07 was in the $40-$42 range at Costco upon release. As I taste it tonight, it's such a steal. I'm not here to sell you on JP, I'm simply sharing my long history with them and tasting them against other more expensive Napa Cabernets. If you are 25-35, just buy these and forget about them for 10+ years. I believe you'll be happy you did. The nose of the 07 is ripe, beautiful; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, black plum & plum. Liqueur notes, warm toast, anise, saddlewood, baking spices, violets and dark fresh & dry florals. The palate is beauty & complexity. The mouthfeel is thick, rich, lush and elegant. The dusty/grainy tannins are nicely resolved but have another 8-10 years to completely resolve. The fruits are ripe, rich; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, black plum, plum & black raspberries. Lead pencil shavings, mint, eucalyptus, herbaceous notes, leather, tobacco with ash, cinnamon, nutmeg, notes of vanilla, cedar, dry crushed rocks, loamy soils, underbrush, violets, dark, dry & fresh dark florals. The length, structure, tension & balance are pronounced and will hold up for many years to come. The acidity is simply perfect. As for the finish that will only get better. It's; long, beautiful, elegant and sticks to your palate. It hasn't faded in over 5 minutes. This wine will continue to evolve and further impress. I can't wait to taste it's enhanced elegance in another 8-10 years. Photo tour of; their terrace view, small berries that translate to great wines of concentration, Bill Phelps who has taken over for his late father Joseph and one of many areas to relax and sip their wines in their newly remodel estate.

Last weekend, we enjoyed the 06 Napa. Tonight, we coravin-ed an 07 for comparison. I have to tell you that their Napa Cabernets are pretty consistent year to year despite changes in weather etc.. However, many people & critics revered the 07 vintage and with cause. It's has better structure, length tension & balance over the 06. Yet, the 06 is nearly just as luxurious as the 07. For me, I've had more expensive Napa Producers than the JP Napa. For example, some; Carters, Realm, Blankiet, Merus & Kobalt just to name a few. Keep in mind, I said some and not all. Many of these wines are twice the price of the JP Napa yet did not deliver twice the pleasure. In fact, some not as much pleasure and some only as good for twice & more the the price. I love really good wine, but I love wine that delivers 3-4 times on the price even more. JP Napa does that with 10+ years in the bottle...not upon release or in it's infancy. If you drink them early, you're just throwing your $ away. This 07 was in the $40-$42 range at Costco upon release. As I taste it tonight, it's such a steal. I'm not here to sell you on JP, I'm simply sharing my long history with them and tasting them against other more expensive Napa Cabernets. If you are 25-35, just buy these and forget about them for 10+ years. I believe you'll be happy you did. The nose of the 07 is ripe, beautiful; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, black plum & plum. Liqueur notes, warm toast, anise, saddlewood, baking spices, violets and dark fresh & dry florals. The palate is beauty & complexity. The mouthfeel is thick, rich, lush and elegant. The dusty/grainy tannins are nicely resolved but have another 8-10 years to completely resolve. The fruits are ripe, rich; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, black plum, plum & black raspberries. Lead pencil shavings, mint, eucalyptus, herbaceous notes, leather, tobacco with ash, cinnamon, nutmeg, notes of vanilla, cedar, dry crushed rocks, loamy soils, underbrush, violets, dark, dry & fresh dark florals. The length, structure, tension & balance are pronounced and will hold up for many years to come. The acidity is simply perfect. As for the finish that will only get better. It's; long, beautiful, elegant and sticks to your palate. It hasn't faded in over 5 minutes. This wine will continue to evolve and further impress. I can't wait to taste it's enhanced elegance in another 8-10 years. Photo tour of; their terrace view, small berries that translate to great wines of concentration, Bill Phelps who has taken over for his late father Joseph and one of many areas to relax and sip their wines in their newly remodel estate.

Jul 15th, 2017
Rob Brobst III

Bright ripe red fruit with dark berries that linger on. The acidity is well balanced but a bit firm, hints of vanilla in the tannins, that are velvety and mouthwatering. Full bodied wine.

Bright ripe red fruit with dark berries that linger on. The acidity is well balanced but a bit firm, hints of vanilla in the tannins, that are velvety and mouthwatering. Full bodied wine.

Apr 19th, 2017
Claire Gabaldon

Wine Club and Social Media Manager Spring Mountain Vineyard

9.5

Drank from a half bottle and it was at a really nice stage in its development. Great with bacon-wrapped steak!

Drank from a half bottle and it was at a really nice stage in its development. Great with bacon-wrapped steak!

Jun 29th, 2016
Bill Bender

Still very tannic and dense...a little too much grip. I say hold or decant several hours. Just a little coarse and graceless right now.

Still very tannic and dense...a little too much grip. I say hold or decant several hours. Just a little coarse and graceless right now.

Mar 14th, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

Dark red color, black fruit aromas, notes of sweet spice. On the palate jammy blackberries & black cherry flavors emerge with oak and leather. Good integration of Tannins and acidity. This full body wine finished smooth. Drinking nicely.

Dark red color, black fruit aromas, notes of sweet spice. On the palate jammy blackberries & black cherry flavors emerge with oak and leather. Good integration of Tannins and acidity. This full body wine finished smooth. Drinking nicely.

Feb 15th, 2016
Jean-Philip Journeault

2007

Jul 27th, 2019
Christine T

Love it

Love it

Jan 1st, 2018