Joseph Phelps Vineyards St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$34.99

Joseph Phelps is a legend in Napa for defining that delicious rich Napa style which is epitomized by Phelps “Insignia”- but he also makes a knockout Sauvignon Blanc from Napa as well. The 2013 Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc is beautiful, focused and full of energy. Pears, lemon oil, white flowers and mint flesh out in an inviting, layered Sauvignon Blanc endowed with gorgeous texture and personality. The aromatics are expressive and floral, but the emphasis is all on texture, much of it coming from fermentation in puncheon. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 35% new French oak puncheons and 65% one to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels before bottling in May 2014.  The lees were stirred during and after fermentation for a silky, round mouthfeel and light oak influence while preserving focused acidity and finesse in the wine. This wine shows bright Mandarin orange blossom, lemon curd, citrus and honey aromas. Full, ripe flavors of Meyer lemon, pear, honeydew melon and vanilla cream fill the mouth with a streak of minerality through to the nicely balanced long citrus finish. The 2013 growing season proved to be another excellent year in Napa Valley. Overall, it was slightly warmer than 2012, resulting in the earliest Sauvignon Blanc harvest at Phelp's St. Helena Home Ranch Vineyard in the last seven years.

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Ratings on Delectable

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

New vintage. Biased opinion.

New vintage. Biased opinion.

9.2

Jonathan Kim

Will drink again

Will drink again

9.0

Kelly O'Connor

Very tasty. I am not a Sav Blanc fan, but this one is good

Very tasty. I am not a Sav Blanc fan, but this one is good

8.8

Josh Beglau

Balanced. Any day.

Balanced. Any day.

9.2

Kyna Love

Very smooth, citrus heavy but with hints of grass, green apple and peach finish. Quite lovely and balanced

Very smooth, citrus heavy but with hints of grass, green apple and peach finish. Quite lovely and balanced

9.0

Alan Lane

White floral and citrus nose, pleasantly crisp, dry long finish

White floral and citrus nose, pleasantly crisp, dry long finish

9.0

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

New release from the 2013 vintage.

New release from the 2013 vintage.

10

Kimberley Herbel

This is a most, the best sauvignon blanc! Phelps does nothing half ass!

This is a most, the best sauvignon blanc! Phelps does nothing half ass!

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.