Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2010


  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Drink: 2014 - 2025


Joseph Phelps

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Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 17 Pierre Mansour 17 Angela Mount 18

Fragrant, bright nose with attractive black cherry fruit and chocolate. Full-bodied palate that is rich and creamy but with fair acidity and hefty tannins. Needs time, but has beautiful balance and depth.

Drink: 2014–2025

Alc: 14.5%

Joseph Phelps

Missouri-born Joseph Phelps founded his namesake vineyard in Napa Valley in 1973 after buying a cattle ranch just off the Silverado Trail. He won early fame by making California’s first varietal Syrah.

Phelps was one of the first California wineries to produce a premium Bordeaux blend from its own grapes, and went on to pioneer Rhône varieties. Phelps’ best known wine is Insignia, a Bordeaux blend first bottled in 1974.

Over the years, the winery has been on a mission to use 100% estate grown grapes in its wines. Following several purchases, it owned eight vineyards from St Helena to Carneros as of March 2016.