1975 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • JG 96
  • WA 90

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JG 96
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, February 2014
I have not written a note on the legendary 1975 Eisele Vineyard bottling from Joseph Phelps since 2007, and I wish I could say that I get to drink this great wine with greater frequency, but I was not savvy enough to... I have not written a note on the legendary 1975 Eisele Vineyard bottling from Joseph Phelps since 2007, and I wish I could say that I get to drink this great wine with greater frequency, but I was not savvy enough to lay in a serious quantity of this wine in my own cellar back in the day and now have to rely on the generosity of those more savvy than I was back in the day. This is a legendary California cabernet and at age thirty-five, the wine is at its apogee of peak drinkability (but with decades of life still in reserve), as it soars from the glass in a brilliantly pure blend of cassis, black raspberries, tobacco smoke, a touch of saddle leather, chocolate, beautiful soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and marvelously complex, with a sappy (but not pumped up!) core of fruit, melting tannins, stunning focus and balance, and brilliant length and grip on the poised, plush and endless finish. This is a great, great bottle of cabernet that may yet even improve a touch with further bottle age. Like so many of the great 1975 California cabernets, time seems to be standing still for this great wine. 2010-2050. 96+
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1993
This wine still gets my nod as the finest regular bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon the Joseph Phelps Winery has ever produced. Still impressively dark ruby/purple with slight amber at the edge the nose offers a concoction... This wine still gets my nod as the finest regular bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon the Joseph Phelps Winery has ever produced. Still impressively dark ruby/purple with slight amber at the edge the nose offers a concoction of chocolate cedar licorice and black fruits. In the mouth this full-bodied wine exhibits superb concentration soft tannins and plenty of length. This wine is still not fully mature! Where well-stored it should last for another 10-15 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1975

Winery

Joseph Phelps

In the late 1960’s, Joseph Phelps, a successful construction company owner from Colorado, came to the Napa Valley to build a winery for Souverain (now Rutherford Hill). Like many others, he fell in love with the region and the industry and in 1974, he completed construction on his own eponymously named Joseph Phelps Winery, just in time to harvest the first vintages of Syrah and Insignia. Four decades later, Phelps Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s great and most highly-rated wines.

Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Since 2004, all Phelps wines are made from estate-grown fruit, including Phelps Insignia, the estate labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier, the Oakville single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Backus’, Eisrebe, a dessert wine made from the Scheurebe grape, and Syrah from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard.

Joe Phelps also had a life-long love affair with the wines of Burgundy and a desire to craft wines in that style. He found the ideal spot for the perfect combination of climate, soil and location in Freestone, in the Sonoma Coast AVA. In 1999, he began developing 100 acres of vineyards just outside of Freestone and in 2005, construction began on a new winery. Today, 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 20 acres of Chardonnay produce remarkable estate-grown wines bearing the Joseph Phelps name under the Freestone label.