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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 ...Read more...
From The Desk of Gary Fisch of Gary's Wine Hello Winelovers, I just returned from a trip to Napa, where I spent a lot of time tasting the '05 and... Read more
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... Read more
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 cher... Read more
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From The Desk of Gary Fisch of Gary's Wine Hello Winelovers, I just returned from a trip to Napa, where I spent a lot of time tasting the '05 and '06 vintage Cabernets side-by-side. '06 is, in many respects, shaping up to be even better than the bold and ripe '05 vintage because it has better structure, more integrated tannins, and another great layer of complexity. Unfortunately there were smaller yields overall in 2006, so there will be less wine available. So that just means we'll have to grab what we can while we can! One 2006 Cabernet release that has me really jazzed is Joseph Phelps Innisfree Cabernet. Over the past three decades, Joseph Phelps Vineyards have made a name for themselves producing stellar vintages of their high-scoring and high-priced proprietary blend, Insignia. Crafting such a high-quality wine means growing more than enough high-quality fruit, and extra barrels of quality fruit means the ability to bring you these bottles grown, tended, and crafted by the Phelps team at about 1/6 of Insignia's price! That's exactly what they've done with the Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. The grapes for the Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 are almost entirely Phelps Estate grown in the Napa Valley appellation, and carry flavors of black currant and mocha. An incredible value from such a notable estate. We've had lots of inquiries about Innisfree since we ran out of the 2005 bottling, so it's with pleasure that I offer you "first dibs" on the 2006 Joseph Phelps Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon ... ENJOY! -Gary
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard
Good ruby-red. Pure but subdued nose hints at blackberry and cassis. High-pitched, juicy and concentrated, with very primary flavors of black fruits and eucalyptus. Firm and persistent on the end. More structured than the 2003 example.
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant, dark ruby-hued medium-bodied effort offering aromas of earth, berry fruit, herbs, and spice. It reflects this vintage, which has produced very good Cabernets, although they have not reached the pinnacles of the finest 2002s and 2001s.
The chunkier 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon does not possess the depth of fruit of its older sibling, offering roasted herb and black currant notes along with moderate tannin and structure. Although very good, it is not as seamlessly put together as the 2002. It should drink well for 7-8 years.
Good deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant syrup, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Rich, creamy and very ripe, with high-toned black fruit flavors nicely framed by sound acidity. Quite substantial for this bottling. Finishes with building tannins and a sizable structure. This has turned out well.
Shows the deft Phelps tough in the softly complex texture whose tannins are just as velvety as they come, and the ripe, pure fruit. The blackberry, cassis and red cherry flavors are enriched with vanilla and toast from oak. Drink this fine Cabernet now through 2008.
Shows the deft Phelps Cabernet touch, with softly complex tannins that frame ripe blackberry, cherry, spice and new oak flavors. So easy to like, you might not even notice the complexities of structure that keep you reaching for another sip. Drink now.
An elegant style, with ripe, vibrant currant and black cherry fruit that's well-defined, keeping the focus on the fruit while adding a cedary oak overlay. Drink now through 2012.
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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