Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 2006

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Wine Tasting Notes The inky, purple-black color of the Cabernet yields rich, bright fruit on the nose and is layered with ripe blackberry, red plum, cream, tobacco and anise aromas followed by juicy, ripe raspberry and rich, dark fruit flavors. Sweet tannins are nicely integrated and the wine ends with excellent structure, length and balance.

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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

Member Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

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Snooth User: rar8888
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3.50 5
11/10/2009

This is a great Napa Cab for this price. It is not as complex or long as more expensive bottles but it is a great example of the classic Napa notes for around $20. There are notes of bright cherry fruit, vanilla , and rasberry. There is a lot of fruit up front but that fades quickly into well rounded tannins and a short finish.


Snooth User: Jeroboam194
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4.00 5
09/26/2009

One of the best cab savs I've had in the 20-30 price range! Excellent body with a wonderful expansive wine that's full bodied with flavors of cherry (mostly black) and some berry.


Snooth User: robg9000
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4.00 5
01/03/2011

a great value - a bit smoother than many Napa Cabs but not without interest. It's neither complex nor bring. And it unlike so many other Napa Cabs drinks pretty well right out of the bottle. I bought two cases.


Snooth User: bnels210
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4.00 5
06/28/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A dense, juicy Cabernet, the Phelps Innisfree is firm with good acidity and backbone. It begins with dark blackberries and cassis, and opens up in your mouth to reveal bright raspberries and chocolate. The perfect wine for a steak or a roast; absolutely delicious.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Phelps, famous for its pricey cult classic, Insignia, has demonstrated the same deft touch at winemaking for those of us on a budget. Enter Innisfree. It's as smooth and caressing as the Yeats poem of the same name and similarly shows why we should all slow down just a bit. Let this one open up. Patience is rewarded with beautiful notes of sweet tobacco, subtle mint and black currant complexities on the nose. The oak is present, but in check, allowing seductive chocolaty elements to emerge. The wine's great persistence of black cherries and cassis lends itself to a thoroughly satisfying wine experience... one you'll "hear in the deep heart's core."


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Whenever a customer comes in looking for a phenomenal bottle of Cab, the Innisfree is always my first instinct. Robust, richly textured, and with a depth of flavor you would normally find in bottles twice the price, this is truly one of the best values in our store! Beautiful black cherry hue, with a stunningly complex nose. On the palate, ripe black currant and blackberry share the stage with spicebox, anise, toasty oak and a slight herbaceousnes. The perfect go-to bottle when you want something good!


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Phelpsrsquo; basic Cabernet bottling is dry and elegant and classically balanced. It displays rich flavors of blackberries, black currants and cedar, with notes of violets and herbs. Fancy and impressive now, but not a longterm ager. Through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Previous vintages of this wine have never failed to excite, and the 2006 is no exception! Forward, warm scents of crushed berries fill the glass while full-bodied flavors of black currant, dusty raspberry, vanilla and allspice coat the palate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Generous black currant and blackberry flavors fill this juicy cabernet. Itrsquo;s lush and easy to enjoy on release, the gentle tannins ready to meld with rare prime rib.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Affordable Phelps Cabernet from Napa fruit, the Innisfree is made only in excellent vintages such as 2002. Fruit-forward with concentrated ripe blackberry, cassis and vanilla. Elegant and correct as you would expect from one of the world's premium Cabernet producers.


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Wine Tasting Notes The inky, purple-black color of the Cabernet yields rich, bright fruit on the nose and is layered with ripe blackberry, red plum, cream, tobacco and anise aromas followed by juicy, ripe raspberry and rich, dark fruit flavors. Sweet tannins are nicely integrated and the wine ends with excellent structure, length and balance.

Dietary Information: Organic


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