Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.260 ratings
9.24 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

9.1

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
Roy Goble

Classic Napa

Classic Napa

1 person found it helpfulDec 4th, 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
Nick Piccone

Classic Napa cab with lots of dark fruit and oak spices

Classic Napa cab with lots of dark fruit and oak spices

Jul 5th, 2019
Daniel

Not cheap but good. Similar to Caymus.

Not cheap but good. Similar to Caymus.

Mar 22nd, 2019
Iwan

Classic Napa Cab. Big dark fruit, long finish. Lingers for minutes.

Classic Napa Cab. Big dark fruit, long finish. Lingers for minutes.

Mar 13th, 2019
Lisa Knowles

Great wine...fruity, well balanced, round with a soft finish.

Great wine...fruity, well balanced, round with a soft finish.

Jan 30th, 2019
Kyle

Fruit forward. Balanced and powerful. Light oak. Dry finish

Fruit forward. Balanced and powerful. Light oak. Dry finish

Dec 25th, 2018
Christopher Hutton

Christmas Eve
Very good
Same maker as insignia

Christmas Eve
Very good
Same maker as insignia

Dec 25th, 2018