Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 750mL JS95 Points - James Suckling, WE95 Points-Wine Enthusiast, DDecanter, WSWine Spectator, RPRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has expressive aromatics of blueberry, boysenberry, baking spices and cardamom. A fresh and inviting wine with unfolding layers of raspberry, red cherry, nutmeg, cedar and graphite with a medium-full body, seamless integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc
This is a beautiful wine, effusive in cassis, black cherry, woody cedar and sage. With small amounts of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers substantial structure and tannin weight, with ample clove spice and toasted oak. It is built to age; enjoy best from 2025 to 2030.
Dark, very deep, solidly fruity and complex all at once, the latest from Joseph Phelps is a keenly focused Cabernet of measured richness that never overplays its hand. It smells and tastes of optimally ripened black cherries and currants with teasing touches of graphite, dried herbs and dusty soil and lightly laid-on creamy oak. Its combination of richness, careful crafting and structured solidity make it easy to appreciate now, but only with a few years will it come fully into its own, and it can be counted on to age gracefully for another six to eight.