Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2010

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The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated both in the nose and on the palate with aromas of blueberry, dark plum and Black Mission fig followed by cardamom, nutmeg, graphite, tobacco and vanilla bean. The sweet tannins are intertwined with flavors of anise, caramel cream, spicy black pepper and crushed blackberries, contributing to the long, lush finish.

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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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Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,354
4.50 5
Vintage: 1991 01/26/2009

This was smoky and rocky with intense black spice and black fruit tones. Still decidedly youthful and powerful with layers of rich, sweet fruits and slow to emerge sweet, creamy cappuccino oak notes. In the mouth this remains youthful, big, rich and well balanced. The fruits are intense and meaty with a long menthol top note that leads to the finish which is probably the weakest point of the wine as it is a touch short. It's touch to follow up all that rich fruit. Still this is about as good a modern California Cab as one could hope for and it has some serious potential for improvement. 2009-2020 92pts

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    Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2009 04/09/2012

    Fruit forward and concentrated, but just enough hit of earth to stop it from being too syrupy sweet and overly big. Dark cherries, cassis, a bit of dark chocolate, mossy notes. A great sipper on its own and lots of pairing potential.

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    Snooth User: ppelkaru
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    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2009 03/03/2013

    Very nice with good complexity following ~1hr decant time.


    Snooth User: Breno Tinoco
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    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 10/11/2012

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: Eric Guido
    92549168,988
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 01/05/2009

    his wine was rich and inviting on the nose hinting at dark fruits and forest floor. Showed a glimmer of green pepper but in a subtle and attractive way. Full bodied with intense currant and sweet plum fruit. Great balance and a pleasure to drink. Ended with a medium finish reminiscent of the dark fruits with a bit of licorice.


    Snooth User: John Andrews
    361063,418
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2005 05/11/2008

    90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 4% Petite Verdot Nose has elements of spice, caramel. Flavors indicate a lot of oak. Long finish, great balance, strong tannins. I feel like it needs a year or two to really show.


    Snooth User: GoinGray
    737701,347
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 07/06/2008

    Lovely scents of butter, oak, spice, and berries. Dry with a bit of cedar. Spice finish.


    Snooth User: Eric Guido
    92549168,988
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 09/26/2009

    Deep, dark ruby red color. Nose is moody and dark with blue fruit, vanilla barrel, forest funk and dusty mocha... yum. On the palate, black current, raisin, licorice and with a rich, sweet mid-palate. Cherry liquor on the long finish. A really great wine that always pleases.


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    External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    11/14/2013

    Bright ruby-red. Aroma of cassis, mocha and Cuban cigar tobacco. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, with currant and black cherry fruit flavors complicated by tobacco, herbs and spicy oak. Quite suave in the middle. Finishes with firm but sweet tannins and excellent length. A very successful vintage for this bottling.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    11/14/2013

    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.


    External Review
    Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
    02/17/2013

    A rich bouquet of cinnamon, licorice, and caramel followed by layers of cherry, currant and sweet tannin.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 10/31/2012

    Tightly wound, with a firm, dry, tannic band of dried currant, roasted herb, chicory and cedar. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2022.


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    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

    Expensive, yes, but it shows the drama and interest that a Joseph Phelps Cabernet predictably delivers. It's rich and ripe in blackberry, cherry, currant and oak flavors, with wonderful tannins and a dry finish. Best now. - S.H. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rich wine bursting with dark fruit. This is a fairly immediate style, some serious tannins notwithstanding. Smoke, tobacco and licorice develop in the glass, adding complexity and nuance. The powerful, fruit-driven finish is totally rewarding, but this will be even better in a few years' time. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Deep, bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, crushed cassis and graphite. Juicy, spicy and fresh, with very good intensity and lift to the sweet dark berry and spice flavors. Primary, fruit-driven wine with a persistent, floral finish. Firmly tannic but nicely balanced from the start. A lovely vintage for this bottling. Tightly wound, with a firm, dry, ...


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rich wine bursting with dark fruit. This is a fairly immediate style, some serious tannins notwithstanding. Smoke, tobacco and licorice develop in the glass, adding complexity and nuance. The powerful, fruit-driven finish is totally rewarding, but this will be even better in a few yearsandrsquo; time. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2024.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

    Expensive, yes, but it shows the drama and interest that a Joseph Phelps Cabernet predictably delivers. Itandrsquo;s rich and ripe in blackberry, cherry, currant and oak flavors, with wonderful tannins and a dry finish. Best now.


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    The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated both in the nose and on the palate with aromas of blueberry, dark plum and Black Mission fig followed by cardamom, nutmeg, graphite, tobacco and vanilla bean. The sweet tannins are intertwined with flavors of anise, caramel cream, spicy black pepper and crushed blackberries, contributing to the long, lush finish.

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