2010 Phelps, Joseph Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • IWC 91

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2012
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful. Scents of pain grille mocha black currants spices and plums emerge from this deep resonant wine. The 2010 possesses stunning textural depth and richness not to mention phenomenal... The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful. Scents of pain grille mocha black currants spices and plums emerge from this deep resonant wine. The 2010 possesses stunning textural depth and richness not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Readers who want to get a sense of the 2010 vintage without spending a huge amount of money may want to start here. This is a dazzling wine especially within its price range. The 2010 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. -Antonio Galloni
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Good medium ruby. Blackberry menthol mint and spices on the nose and palate. Tightly wound and a bit youthfully spiky showing a more medicinal character than the riper 2009 version. Finishes with toothdusting tannins... Good medium ruby. Blackberry menthol mint and spices on the nose and palate. Tightly wound and a bit youthfully spiky showing a more medicinal character than the riper 2009 version. Finishes with toothdusting tannins and lingering spices.
JJB 91
Jeff Loo - JJ Buckley, January 2013
Dark brooding purple at the core with very little variation at the rim. Chocolate raspberry plum and cassis leap out of the glass followed by jasmine savory spice and vanilla. Rich flavors permeate this full bodied wine... Dark brooding purple at the core with very little variation at the rim. Chocolate raspberry plum and cassis leap out of the glass followed by jasmine savory spice and vanilla. Rich flavors permeate this full bodied wine bolstered by wonderful tension and a creamy texture. Well-integrated tannins and mouthwatering acidity add intrigue. This is just a baby but it's already showing off some delicious definition. Very enjoyable now but better to cellar at least another 3-5 years and then enjoy the following 15-20. Ideal for any lover of Napa cabernet!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2010

Winery

Phelps, Joseph

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.