Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.334 ratings
9.13 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
Roy Goble

Classic Napa

Classic Napa

Dec 4th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

The 2015 Napa has a much more expressive nose than previous vintages. The mid red fruits are brighter and more dominant. Ripe; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, pomegranate, cranberries, black raspberries and blueberry hues. Good presence of vanilla, cinnamon, very light clove, limestone, dark turned, rich earth, light dry crushed rocks, soft leather, blue florals and fresh red & blue florals.

The body is also much lighter in the 15 than other vintages. It’s still very fresh. At this stage, it’s like a well extracted Pinot. Ripe; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, pomegranate, cranberries, black raspberries and blueberry hues. Good presence of vanilla, cinnamon, very light clove, limestone, dry clay, stems, mint, Provence fresh herbs, dark turned, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, soft leather, blue florals and fresh red & blue florals. The acidity is light a waterfall. The finish is bright fruit that is well balanced with earth. However, as it cellars, I predict this wine with flush out, put on weight and gain complexity. Much better palate experiences 10-15 years plus down the road for this 15 Napa.

Photos of, the terrace view from JPV’s visitors center, the JPV annual members party small bites, the lounge area in their visitor center and estate vineyard off their terrace.

The 2015 Napa has a much more expressive nose than previous vintages. The mid red fruits are brighter and more dominant. Ripe; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, pomegranate, cranberries, black raspberries and blueberry hues. Good presence of vanilla, cinnamon, very light clove, limestone, dark turned, rich earth, light dry crushed rocks, soft leather, blue florals and fresh red & blue florals.

The body is also much lighter in the 15 than other vintages. It’s still very fresh. At this stage, it’s like a well extracted Pinot. Ripe; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, pomegranate, cranberries, black raspberries and blueberry hues. Good presence of vanilla, cinnamon, very light clove, limestone, dry clay, stems, mint, Provence fresh herbs, dark turned, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, soft leather, blue florals and fresh red & blue florals. The acidity is light a waterfall. The finish is bright fruit that is well balanced with earth. However, as it cellars, I predict this wine with flush out, put on weight and gain complexity. Much better palate experiences 10-15 years plus down the road for this 15 Napa.

Photos of, the terrace view from JPV’s visitors center, the JPV annual members party small bites, the lounge area in their visitor center and estate vineyard off their terrace.

Oct 9th, 2018
Adam Hoogeveen

Pouring it in the decanter filled the room with jammy dark fruit aromas. It was actually tight at first, but gradually opened up after an hour or so. Not a ton going on with the nose, but some earthy and mineral notes shine through. Chocolate and dark fruit fill the palate. Finishes with pepper and pen ink. Good balance and full body.

Pouring it in the decanter filled the room with jammy dark fruit aromas. It was actually tight at first, but gradually opened up after an hour or so. Not a ton going on with the nose, but some earthy and mineral notes shine through. Chocolate and dark fruit fill the palate. Finishes with pepper and pen ink. Good balance and full body.

1 person found it helpfulMar 27th, 2018
Skip Smyser

An everyday Cabernet of immense quality for the price. Jammie Red fruit and so alive. Just bursting with flavor. Not meant to cellar like the estate Cabernet but will be wonderful for 10 plus years. Balance and mouth feel are superb.Lingering flavor at mid pallet.

An everyday Cabernet of immense quality for the price. Jammie Red fruit and so alive. Just bursting with flavor. Not meant to cellar like the estate Cabernet but will be wonderful for 10 plus years. Balance and mouth feel are superb.Lingering flavor at mid pallet.

1 person found it helpfulMar 18th, 2018
David Schneider

Eeh. Nothing special. Too oaky for my taste.

Eeh. Nothing special. Too oaky for my taste.

Dec 4th, 2018
Greg Perry

Grapey, kind of thick, but very smooth. Not the best red wine I've had, but better than most.

Grapey, kind of thick, but very smooth. Not the best red wine I've had, but better than most.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Theodore John Nictakis

Young but incredible

Young but incredible

Nov 1st, 2018
Cameron Etezadi

Meh. Once you’ve had the Insignia, you realize this is where all the B grade grapes end up. The only wine of the tasting not worth finishing. Raisins and red raspberry on a deep ruby body. Too fruit forward, this overpowering jam bomb lacks the deep dark black fruits and tannin structure to compete.

Meh. Once you’ve had the Insignia, you realize this is where all the B grade grapes end up. The only wine of the tasting not worth finishing. Raisins and red raspberry on a deep ruby body. Too fruit forward, this overpowering jam bomb lacks the deep dark black fruits and tannin structure to compete.

Sep 22nd, 2018
Garrett Parker

Very nice for the price

Very nice for the price

Jul 23rd, 2018
Laura & John Griffin

Erica brought - very oaky - dry - cherry flavors - best ever

Erica brought - very oaky - dry - cherry flavors - best ever

Jul 4th, 2018