Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Innisfree 2005

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In years with high yields, selective blending often results in an Innisfree label. The 2005 Innisfree Cabernet was produced from extra fruit after the Insignia and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blends were created. This forward and approachable wine boasts aromas and flavors of mulled spices, red fruit, coffee and cedar, with a long, concentrated finish that lingers on the palate.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best k... Read more
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best known for its flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Annual production at Phelps includes Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Eisrébe, Syrah and Viognier. Read less
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Member Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Innisfree

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Snooth User: Luscious
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4.50 5
05/10/2008

Full bodied cabernet with deep cherry or almost purple color. Delighful smooth wine with blackberry aroma. A $20+ wine that tastes like a $50+.


Snooth User: blanccreative
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4.00 5
06/04/2008

When Joseph Phelps releases this wine (only on superior surplus years) I make sure I buy plenty of it. You can find it out there for around $20 a bottle and I think it is one of the best $20 cabs money can buy. Phelps obviously has a marvelous pedigree from their Insignia blend. This cab is awesome.


Snooth User: wineiegurl
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0.00 5
02/12/2008

I Love this wine. It is smooth and goes well alone or with a variety of dishes.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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5.00 5
07/06/2008

Has a blueberry/chocolate scent. Dry berry flavor with a long, smoky finish.


Snooth User: WJTronoski
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4.00 5
08/17/2008

I agree with the other reviews that say this is a great buy in the $20 range. This wine has a great structure and nice long finish. Smooth going down, great flavor and the tannins don't overpower.


Snooth User: Laurent Vino
9824834
4.00 5
01/12/2010

Un excellent cabernet à conserver en cave. Au Québec, on ne le trouve qu'en importation privée à 35 $ mais il en vaut le plaisir, accompagné de pâtes ou de viande rouge.


3.00 5
05/14/2011

I bought the 2007 vintage. I had to decant it for two + hours to get rid of the acidity. Once it was properly decanted, it was great. Long finish, silky smooth, just a hint of heat in the middle. Can't be sure of the fruits, but for sure one of them was plum. If I had paid more than $27.00 for this bottle I would have been disappointed, but since I only paid $24.99, I was pleased with it. If it is on sale again, I would buy it again.


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In years with high yields, selective blending often results in an Innisfree label. The 2005 Innisfree Cabernet was produced from extra fruit after the Insignia and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blends were created. This forward and approachable wine boasts aromas and flavors of mulled spices, red fruit, coffee and cedar, with a long, concentrated finish that lingers on the palate.

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