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Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Winemaking Notes: Following early morning picking, grapes were held overnight in cold storage before pressing to barrel for native yeast fermentation. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 35% new French oak puncheons and 65% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons before bottling. The barrel coopers included Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a richly layered, graceful wine with light oak influence. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc showcases fragrant lime blossom, stone fruit and orange peel with tangy green apple, sumptuous lemon curd and juicy white peach. An opulent, textured mouthfeel with racy acidity frame a brightly focused wine with pleasing minerality and a lingering finish. Growing Season: The 2015 Napa Valley growing season experienced dry, mild winter and spring temperatures similar to the prior three growing seasons. The Sauvignon Blanc bud break was 50% complete by mid-March followed by an early period of bloom. May temperatures were cool, but August, September and October were consistently warm, creating conditions for one of the earliest harvests on record. Small berries and loose clusters of high quality fruit led to intensely concentrated and floral characteristics in this vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.

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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

External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/14/2017

Winemaking Notes: Following early morning picking, grapes were held overnight in cold storage before pressing to barrel for native yeast fermentation. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 35% new French oak puncheons and 65% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons before bottling. The barrel coopers included Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a richly layered, graceful wine with light oak influence. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc showcases fragrant lime blossom, stone fruit and orange peel with tangy green apple, sumptuous lemon curd and juicy white peach. An opulent, textured mouthfeel with racy acidity frame a brightly focused wine with pleasing minerality and a lingering finish. Growing Season: The 2015 Napa Valley growing season experienced dry, mild winter and spring temperatures similar to the prior three growing seasons. The Sauvignon Blanc bud break was 50% complete by mid-March followed by an early period of bloom. May temperatures were cool, but August, September and October were consistently warm, creating conditions for one of the earliest harvests on record. Small berries and loose clusters of high quality fruit led to intensely concentrated and floral characteristics in this vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.




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