Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

$149.00

Very aromatic with blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as red licorice. Floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and lightly chewy. Lovely depth of fruit here. Rich and flavorful. Extremely well done for the vintage. Shows more finesse and tightness than 2016. Very classic. One-third of the production. Try it. Drink after 2022, but already delicious.

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Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 (JS-95)

Very aromatic with blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as red licorice. Floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and lightly chewy. Lovely depth of fruit here. Rich and flavorful. Extremely well done for the vintage. Shows more finesse and tightness than 2016. Very classic. One-third of the production. Try it. Drink after 2022, but already delicious.

Source: Issue 245 End of October 2019, The Wine Advocate, Issue Date: 31st Oct 2019; (RP-91)

his 2017 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc, with most of the fruit coming from Phelp’s St Helena vineyard this year. “But,” winemaker Ashley Hepworth told me, “we declassified a lot of wine - sold a lot on the bulk market. We had some tough blending decisions.” Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon sashays out of the glass with open-knit, alluring baked plums, stewed cherries, mulberries and warm cassis with hints of spice cake, cracked pepper and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a great intensity of black berry and exotic spice layers, framed by soft tannins and lively freshness, finishing with impressive length. 12,270 cases were made - about half the normal production.
Drink Date: 2019 - 2032

Source: Winemaker

WINEMAKER NOTES
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has expressive blueberry, boysenberry and baking spice aromatics. A fresh and inviting wine with unfolding layers of juicy raspberry and red cherry, nutmeg, cedar and graphite with a medium-full body, seamless integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

WINEMAKING DATA
Grapes were sorted at harvest and cold soaked prior to fermentation. The wine was aged for eighteen months in 48% new oak barrels (62% French, 38% American) and 52% one- to two-year-old barrels before bottling. The barrel coopers included Ermitage, François Frères, Demptos (French & American), Canton (American), Dargaud Jaegle, Orion and Taransaud.

VINTAGE NOTES
The 2017 growing season saw much needed record-breaking winter rainfall which helped replenish groundwater and the vines. The cool, wet start to the season delayed budbreak and bloom compared to the three previous years. The summer and fall months were warm with regular heat spikes to ripen the grapes. Overall, 2017 was reminiscent of the 1997 and 2015 growing seasons. The wines lend to fresh, red fruit characteristics with ample and refined tannin levels.

BLEND AND GRAPE SOURCES
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc from 74% estate and 26% long-term grower vineyards located in St. Helena, South Napa, Oak Knoll District, Rutherford, Stags Leap District and Oakville.

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

AGING/COOPERAGE
18 months in 48% new oak barrels (62% French, 38% American) and 52% one- to two-year-old barrels

 

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