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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon
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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California, United StatesIn 2016, the overall story was a slightly cooler vintage that allowed for a longer, more orderly ripening process, delivering outstanding fruit and flavour intensity. The blend is a hefty 86 percent cabernet sauvignon, 7 merlot with some spicing from 3 petit verdot, 2 malbec and 2 cabernet franc from a variety of owned vineyards in South Napa, Oak Knoll District, St. Helena, Rutherford and the Stags Leap District. The wine spends 18 months in 48 percent new oak split 62/38 French / American, and 52 with percent first and second fill. Expect picture perfect piercing cabernet sauvignon that attacks the palate in a fresher, more precise manner, albeit with dense, dark fruit sprinkled with licorice, coffee, cedar, and notes of graphite. The tannin is equally dense but sweet in taste and creamy in texture. Long, youthful, vibrant, impressive young cabernet. One to lay away unless you like your steaks blue.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: 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