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Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are picked at dawn and held overnight in cold storage before pressing to barrel for native yeast fermentation. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 33% new and 67% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons from coopers Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a sumptuously textured wine with subtle oak influence. Tasting Notes: The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has a fragrant bouquet of ripe lychee, lilac, rose petals, Honeycrisp apple, Meyer lemon peel and stone fruit. Fresh and focused with nicely balanced minerality, bright acidity, lemon crème and apricot. Growing Season: The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in a very early Sauvignon Blanc bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. As the growing season progressed and came to completion, the 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the white varieties.

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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
07/07/2017

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are picked at dawn and held overnight in cold storage before pressing to barrel for native yeast fermentation. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 33% new and 67% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons from coopers Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a sumptuously textured wine with subtle oak influence. Tasting Notes: The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has a fragrant bouquet of ripe lychee, lilac, rose petals, Honeycrisp apple, Meyer lemon peel and stone fruit. Fresh and focused with nicely balanced minerality, bright acidity, lemon crème and apricot. Growing Season: The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in a very early Sauvignon Blanc bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. As the growing season progressed and came to completion, the 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the white varieties.



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