Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2000
BLEND & GRAPE SOURCES: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers. WINEMAKING DATA: Grapes were harvested between September 19 and October 25 at an average 24.° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 20 months in a combination of new French and American oak barrels (40%) and two- to four-year-old French and American oak (60%), before being blended and bottled in June, 2002.
This wine is a great wine and deserves respect from all consumers, novice to the experts. The color is deep and dark, 'downright' regal. The nose has notes of cherries and chocolate and is copied by the initial taste, which is spicy and sharp, yet enjoyable. The mouth feel and coat is light. The follow-through lingers and is pleasant - similar to a flower bunch. This wine is great as a sipping wine, but would pair well with chicken marsala.
This has mellowed out nicely since I first tasting it a couple of years ago. Surprisingly good concentration from a tough vintage, with deep blueberry and tobacco aromas. Also, there's a wonderful upfront lushness on the palate. The only downside is that the finish is a little short.
External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Dark, rich and concentrated, with a firm tannin and oak backbone supporting a core of earthy currant, blackberry and pencil shaving scents. Intense and vibrant, it needs short-term cellaring. Best from 2005 through 2012. 1,000 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2000 Phelps, Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml
A new, elegant, yet heavy bottle (obviously designed to encourage lower back pain) was introduced with the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard. Aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels, it exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet nose of smoke, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis. Firmly tannic, rich, and medium to full-bodied, with a slight narrowing at the finish, this is an outstanding effort in a difficult vintage. It requires 1-2 more years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15.