Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2147 ratings
9.212 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
Sipping Fine Wine

Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in Napa, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on 8 estate vineyards. Aromas of dried berry fruits and spice. On the palate of predominately Cab Sauvignon which sat in oak for 18 months, flavors of ripe berry, cacao and smoky nuts, firm sweet tannins on lingering finish ending soft. Will age well.

Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in Napa, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on 8 estate vineyards. Aromas of dried berry fruits and spice. On the palate of predominately Cab Sauvignon which sat in oak for 18 months, flavors of ripe berry, cacao and smoky nuts, firm sweet tannins on lingering finish ending soft. Will age well.

Dec 7th, 2017
Thomas Brenner

Well integrated tannins, lush fruityness, sweet vanillin notes, overripe plums, juicy, dusty minerality ...my buddy says it smelled like Copenhagen chewing tobacco

Well integrated tannins, lush fruityness, sweet vanillin notes, overripe plums, juicy, dusty minerality ...my buddy says it smelled like Copenhagen chewing tobacco

1 person found it helpfulJun 21st, 2018
WineMascot

2015, a little less heavy on the oak like the insignia, thus has good balance and is a value all things considered

2015, a little less heavy on the oak like the insignia, thus has good balance and is a value all things considered

1 person found it helpfulMay 8th, 2018
Shay A
9.2

I snagged a few of these when we visited in February, as I remember the ‘14 being very open and plush. Those thoughts still remain here, but I must admit...at pop and pour, I was a bit perplexed. Very fruit forward (raspberry jam, blackberry, fig) and soft, but there was also a dirty/earthiness to it in the middle that threw me for a loop. Just didn’t seem like it belonged. On day 2, the structure and finish really beefed up and showed what I remember having a few months ago. More blueberries and spicy red fruit came in to play which added the ying to the mineral and earthy yang in the middle, and the finish was quite a bit more tannic. I’m saving a little to see how this shows on day 3.
EDIT: Day 3 was like day 2 on steroids. This wine showed substantial tannic structure and the middle was quite a bit more complex. Worthy of 9.3+ if you hold/decant appropriately.

I snagged a few of these when we visited in February, as I remember the ‘14 being very open and plush. Those thoughts still remain here, but I must admit...at pop and pour, I was a bit perplexed. Very fruit forward (raspberry jam, blackberry, fig) and soft, but there was also a dirty/earthiness to it in the middle that threw me for a loop. Just didn’t seem like it belonged. On day 2, the structure and finish really beefed up and showed what I remember having a few months ago. More blueberries and spicy red fruit came in to play which added the ying to the mineral and earthy yang in the middle, and the finish was quite a bit more tannic. I’m saving a little to see how this shows on day 3.
EDIT: Day 3 was like day 2 on steroids. This wine showed substantial tannic structure and the middle was quite a bit more complex. Worthy of 9.3+ if you hold/decant appropriately.

1 person found it helpfulApr 23rd, 2018
Aaron Means

Boring in a good way. Juicy, ripe blackberry-oak sauce. Hint of smoke. Tannins are drying. Lots of appeal, but not much for me. No complexity. Just high end simple Cab sauce

Boring in a good way. Juicy, ripe blackberry-oak sauce. Hint of smoke. Tannins are drying. Lots of appeal, but not much for me. No complexity. Just high end simple Cab sauce

1 person found it helpfulOct 4th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Dark ruby. Rich nose with dark cocoa, black fruits, vanilla, and cinnamon. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Well balanced with oak influences. Notes of a cigar box, black fruits, cocoa, vanilla and a little earthy. Long finish. Drink till 2026.

Dark ruby. Rich nose with dark cocoa, black fruits, vanilla, and cinnamon. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Well balanced with oak influences. Notes of a cigar box, black fruits, cocoa, vanilla and a little earthy. Long finish. Drink till 2026.

1 person found it helpfulJun 15th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Nose of leaner red fruits of; blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries, dry earth & minerals and more nice red, fresh dark florals than most vintages. On the palate, M-M+ tannins, good presence of spice-box, savory meats, blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, cherries, mocha powder, cigar, leather, cinnamon, clove, dry stems, underbrush, haunting presence of additional blue fruits as it sit on the palate & fresh acidity. The finish is leaner than the 13 and in general many other vintages. At this early stage, it's also drinking smoother with softer edges. Photos of one of the larger private tasting rooms and the outdoor patio on the front of their estate. The 14 vintage came very close to me giving it a 9.3.

Nose of leaner red fruits of; blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries, dry earth & minerals and more nice red, fresh dark florals than most vintages. On the palate, M-M+ tannins, good presence of spice-box, savory meats, blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, cherries, mocha powder, cigar, leather, cinnamon, clove, dry stems, underbrush, haunting presence of additional blue fruits as it sit on the palate & fresh acidity. The finish is leaner than the 13 and in general many other vintages. At this early stage, it's also drinking smoother with softer edges. Photos of one of the larger private tasting rooms and the outdoor patio on the front of their estate. The 14 vintage came very close to me giving it a 9.3.

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Nice lime/lemon and cut grass. So refreshing on a warm day.

Nice lime/lemon and cut grass. So refreshing on a warm day.

Aug 12th, 2016
Christina DiLaura

COVID vino w grandmas gnocchi

COVID vino w grandmas gnocchi

Mar 30th, 2020
Bill Sweeney

Very good after a lot of air. Cab dominant Bordeaux style blend. It was harsh at first but settled down after some air. Needs decanting. Medium finish. But as smooth as some other 2014 cabs. Maybe should have let it sit for a few more years.

Very good after a lot of air. Cab dominant Bordeaux style blend. It was harsh at first but settled down after some air. Needs decanting. Medium finish. But as smooth as some other 2014 cabs. Maybe should have let it sit for a few more years.

Feb 24th, 2020