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2005 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1034202 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Here is a deep and yet relatively winsome young Cabernet that strikes a different stance than those in the brooding, muscle-bound crowd. Rich and wide open with sweet fruit and oak to spare, it is an overt and hedonistic wine whose pleasures need no searching to find. It has tannin enough for structure and it shows the right kind of grip at the finish, and its great virtues of plentiful fruit and fine balance are the prerequisites for a half-dozen years of further growth. Inner quote mark (8/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Claret-like aromas of blackberry, currant bud, bitter chocolate, licorice and graphite, plus a whiff of garrigue Juicy and laid-back, with firm, nicely integrated acids contributing to an impression of youthful austerity. Strong dark berry and graphite character in the mouth. Gains breadth on the back end, with the tannins substantial but nicely integrated. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Smooth-textured, supple and harmonious, with subtle layers of currant, spice, herb, anise and light cedary oak, ending with a graceful mix of ripe fruit and fine-grained tannins. (JL) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Smoky plums, a dense bouquet. Very, very Napa Cab. Lots of spicy cedary oak. Grippy confident tannins, and a rather attractively self-important weight. Cassis. Suave, glossy, with resonating depth and concentration. Just a brush-flick of minty herbaceousness on the finish. Long. 17/20 points (TC) Inner quote mark (8/2009)

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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2008 | Send Email
A very approachable blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot and 4% petit verdot. About 75% of the fruit came from estateowned vineyards and 25% from independent growers. The 2005 vintage was unusually late due to mild temperatures. The wine shows lush and creamy in the mouth, with hints of vanilla, mocha, red cherry and plum fruit. Tannins are sweet and integrated.

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