Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2180 ratings
9.210 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
Bill Bender

I tend to dismiss the Phelps Cab in favor of the Insignia or Backus but this is still a tremendous wine and Phelps in general has maintained amazing quality as it’s grown. Most of my fond memories of Napa during the mid 2000s involved weekends that started at Phelps for Insignia Release Weekends. They would walk around with decanters or mags of old Insignia, Cab or Backus all day. It was nirvana.

I tend to dismiss the Phelps Cab in favor of the Insignia or Backus but this is still a tremendous wine and Phelps in general has maintained amazing quality as it’s grown. Most of my fond memories of Napa during the mid 2000s involved weekends that started at Phelps for Insignia Release Weekends. They would walk around with decanters or mags of old Insignia, Cab or Backus all day. It was nirvana.

Nov 2nd, 2018
Rob Brobst III

Yes 95 points...... properly decanted.

Yes 95 points...... properly decanted.

Feb 21st, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.9

Not showing as well at this stage as I'm accustom to seeing from Phelps. There is normally better fruit & tannin structure. It's definitely showing the relatively cool summer weather Napa had in 2010. I'd say a dumb faze but the 10 is not showing the same quality, concentration, complexity & beauty as many of the vintages I've enjoyed from them over the many years. Still an enjoyable wine. Lots of lean; blackberries, dark, slightly liqueured cherries, blueberries, poached strawberries, mocha powder, baking spices, loamy soils, crushed dry rocks, spice-box, dusty tannins with decent acidity & finish. However, the 10 Napa is showing to be an off vintage for Joseph Phelps at this point. It's still early and there is certainly time for this wine to evolve but I am not seeing the raw elements for that in this bottle and or vintage. This is a drink in the first 10 years or so.

Not showing as well at this stage as I'm accustom to seeing from Phelps. There is normally better fruit & tannin structure. It's definitely showing the relatively cool summer weather Napa had in 2010. I'd say a dumb faze but the 10 is not showing the same quality, concentration, complexity & beauty as many of the vintages I've enjoyed from them over the many years. Still an enjoyable wine. Lots of lean; blackberries, dark, slightly liqueured cherries, blueberries, poached strawberries, mocha powder, baking spices, loamy soils, crushed dry rocks, spice-box, dusty tannins with decent acidity & finish. However, the 10 Napa is showing to be an off vintage for Joseph Phelps at this point. It's still early and there is certainly time for this wine to evolve but I am not seeing the raw elements for that in this bottle and or vintage. This is a drink in the first 10 years or so.

Jul 23rd, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Second of the three year vertical (2004, 2010 and 2012). Dark ruby red. Layered nose with dark berries, cinnamon, cloves and light cassis. With some air came on some slightly savory notes and a little mesquite smoke. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) with a medium plus to a full body. Took some time to open up then had some cassis, blackberries, blueberries and some dark cocoa. Semi dry and medium plus finish. Was expecting a bit more from this. Drink till 2019.

Second of the three year vertical (2004, 2010 and 2012). Dark ruby red. Layered nose with dark berries, cinnamon, cloves and light cassis. With some air came on some slightly savory notes and a little mesquite smoke. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) with a medium plus to a full body. Took some time to open up then had some cassis, blackberries, blueberries and some dark cocoa. Semi dry and medium plus finish. Was expecting a bit more from this. Drink till 2019.

2 people found it helpfulNov 25th, 2016
Sawyer Riley

Yummy

Yummy

1 person found it helpfulMay 10th, 2014
Wulf Losee

Still very tight after 10 years in the bottle! But this wine will reward you if you let it unwind. Leather, mint, and blackberries on the nose. Soft red fruit on the front of the pallet, Then it’s tannins hit you mid palate. I wouldn’t call them smooth. Indeed they’re sort of raw, with lots of earth tones and minerality that carry through to a very looonnnngggg finish that releases some pleasantly soft middle timbre notes. Don’t be deceived by drinking this wine too quickly, because the artistry of this wine is in the very long finish that offsets the powerful mid-palate tannic structure. It’s probably worth putting this wine down for at least another 10 years if you’re a sissy. :-)

Still very tight after 10 years in the bottle! But this wine will reward you if you let it unwind. Leather, mint, and blackberries on the nose. Soft red fruit on the front of the pallet, Then it’s tannins hit you mid palate. I wouldn’t call them smooth. Indeed they’re sort of raw, with lots of earth tones and minerality that carry through to a very looonnnngggg finish that releases some pleasantly soft middle timbre notes. Don’t be deceived by drinking this wine too quickly, because the artistry of this wine is in the very long finish that offsets the powerful mid-palate tannic structure. It’s probably worth putting this wine down for at least another 10 years if you’re a sissy. :-)

Mar 17th, 2020
Gary Fenstra

Perfectly cellared. Lovely dried cherries.

Perfectly cellared. Lovely dried cherries.

Sep 7th, 2018
Karen Lowenstein

Delish cab by phelps, always reliable.

Delish cab by phelps, always reliable.

May 20th, 2018
Wulf Losee

2010 opened March 2018. Leather and toffee on the nose. Soft fruit with a little bit of pucker on the front, soft velvety tannins the rest of the way down. This wind may very possibly be a little past it's prime, but it's very drinkable!

2010 opened March 2018. Leather and toffee on the nose. Soft fruit with a little bit of pucker on the front, soft velvety tannins the rest of the way down. This wind may very possibly be a little past it's prime, but it's very drinkable!

Mar 7th, 2018
Kevin Blix

Liked 2006 better

Liked 2006 better

Dec 26th, 2017