2010 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful. Scents of pain grille, mocha, black currants, spices and plums emerge from this deep, resonant wine. The 2010 possesses stunning textural depth and richness, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Readers who want to get a sense of the 2010 vintage without spending a huge amount of money may want to start here. This is a dazzling wine, especially within its price range. The 2010 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. (AG)
A polished, refined red with blueberry and blackberry. Full body with silky tannins and an attractive, fruity finish. Not the Insignia in 2010 but very well done. Better in 2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Aroma of cassis, mocha and Cuban cigar tobacco. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, with currant and black cherry fruit flavors complicated by tobacco, herbs and spicy oak. Quite suave in the middle. Finishes with firm but sweet tannins and excellent length. A very successful vintage for this bottling. (ST)
The 2010 Cabernet from Phelps is a solid, if somewhat sinewy, youngster that delivers moderately concentrated, well-defined varietal fruit set against elements of loam, briary spice and a bit of root-beer sweetness. It is fleshy and full-bodied with plenty of gritty, hard-to-ignore, back-palate tannin, but there is more than enough genuine fruity extract at work as well, and it will gradually work its way to a more polished stance over the next half-dozen years.
This wine shows the glamour you expect from a Phelps Cabernet. It's softly tannic and rich in blackberries, currants, licorice and cedar, with a lovely structure. Nice to drink now, right out of the bottle.