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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Ratings on Delectable

Aaron Means Delectable Pro

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

9.1

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

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.

9.2

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

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.

9.1

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

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

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

9.2

Jane Bassett-Powell

Nice, refreshing wine! Slightly acidic, but smooth as well. Delicious with our grilled tenderloins!

Nice, refreshing wine! Slightly acidic, but smooth as well. Delicious with our grilled tenderloins!

9.2

Spencer Stuart

Good balance light fruit nice aftertaste leather and minerals.

Good balance light fruit nice aftertaste leather and minerals.

9.1

Shay A Delectable Pro

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.

9.2

Carl Fischer Delectable Pro

Didn’t really have enough time for this to open up. Solid wine but will be better in a few years or with a decent decant. Dark fruits, oak, medium tannins and nice acidity. Decent selection for a restaurant that’s primarily a lounge.

Didn’t really have enough time for this to open up. Solid wine but will be better in a few years or with a decent decant. Dark fruits, oak, medium tannins and nice acidity. Decent selection for a restaurant that’s primarily a lounge.

9.0

Tony Lalli

Very flavorful

Very flavorful

9.4

Michael Yang

Clean, hint of currant? Good balance.

Clean, hint of currant? Good balance.

9.2

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