2010 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1120332 94 points 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)  (12/2012)

91 points James Suckling

 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.  (5/2014)

91 points 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)  (6/2013)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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. *One Star*  (4/2013)

90 points Decanter

 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.

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/2013)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2013 | Send Email
This is delicious, true cab from a tough vintage. Blackberry, menthol, spicebox on the nose. Beautiful black, velvety fruit up front followed with great acidity and fine tanins gives this bottle some true depth and complexity. As mentioned, this is approachable now but will reward some time forgotten in the cellar. Amazing California cabernet!
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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2013 | Send Email
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1997. That’s the first thought I had when tasting the 2010 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. My mind returned to one of the best wines for the money that I had ever experienced in my life in California Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1997 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley was so good... they made less of it then because the lion share went into the flagship wine “Insignia”. The 2010 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon is so good, it feels like a $100+ California Cabernet Sauvignon but sells for about half that price. The wine has impeccable balance, depth of fruit nicely accented by hints of herbs and spice, along with a dense, complex core of fruit and supple tannins and good acidity. This wine is approachable and drinkable now with a few hours of aeration and will handsomely reward the connoisseur who has the patience to put this away in the cellar for 5-15 years. If you’ve been lamenting the fact that most of the wines you used to love are now selling for well over $100, then try buying the 2010 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley and you can pretend it is 1997 all over again.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5