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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Napa Valley, California, United StatesRevisiting the 2015 Phelps is a pleasure, and if anything, it’s getting better in the bottle. The blend is a 78/15/3/2/2 mix of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, malbec and cabernet franc coming off several Phelps vineyards in South Napa, Oak Knoll District, St. Helena, Rutherford, and Stags Leap District. It’s consumed most of the 40 percent new oak (now including 35 percent American barrels), revealing a dark, inky red with intense, sweet, black fruit. You taste the small berries and loose cluster intensity, yielding sweet mulberries, plums, anise, and dense, rich, soft tannins. It’s the layers and complexity that sets this apart from the norm, and what you pay the premium for. An impressive young cabernet clearly on a winning path for collectors. If you must drink it now, the match is rare T-bone steak but I think you should wait until 2023 before thinking about opening this gem.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 125.99 BCLS AB 121.95 private wine shops MB 151.99 private wine shops ON 125.00 consignment: Lifford Wine and Spirits QC 116.99 SAQ Producer: Joseph Phelps VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Lifford Wine and Spirits
Varietal: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 651596UPC: 010465208903