Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

$74.95

Fantastic new Joseph Phelps Napa Cabernet release. 92 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa seems slightly richer, even though there is less Cabernet Sauvignon in it (78%), with 15% Merlot and the rest the other three Bordeaux varietals. This will spend 18 months in both French and American casks. The wine has a deep color, loads of glycerin, a plump, juicy, succulent mid-palate, and plenty of blue and black fruits in its flavor and finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years... ...This classic Napa winery has undergone a facelift after many, many years, but perhaps the biggest change has been the huge investment they’ve made in the area of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast. This is where they focus on Chardonnay and, to a bigger extent, Pinot Noir, and the early returns look promising." 

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

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.

9.1

Jay Eagan Delectable Pro

What a great cab/blend! Deep dark plum with lots of spice and some lead pencil and licorice. I know the Insignia should be better but this is really good. It has years to go.

What a great cab/blend! Deep dark plum with lots of spice and some lead pencil and licorice. I know the Insignia should be better but this is really good. It has years to go.

9.3

Roy Goble Delectable Pro

Classic Napa

Classic Napa

9.2

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.

9.4

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.

9.2

Debra Copeland

Smooth tannins, ripe red berries. Great NYE wine with a bone-in New York steak

Smooth tannins, ripe red berries. Great NYE wine with a bone-in New York steak

9.3

Holly Gamblin

Delicious

Delicious

9.8

Nick Piccone

Classic Napa cab with lots of dark fruit and oak spices

Classic Napa cab with lots of dark fruit and oak spices

9.1

Daniel

Not cheap but good. Similar to Caymus.

Not cheap but good. Similar to Caymus.

9.5

Iwan

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

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

9.2

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