2018 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA

2018 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA

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2018 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Rich velvety texture and vibrant violet-edged plum in colour, with sweet silky tannins pressing down on the fruit right from the first attack to the close of play. Grilled cedar, charred pepper and vanilla bean. This is full of pleasure, if a trace of heat on the finish. Ashely Hepworth oenologist, Clarice Turner director.

Drink 2022 - 2038

Jane Anson, Decanter.com (Sept 2021)

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson93/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100
Wine Advocate92+/100
Wine Spectator 93/100
James Suckling96/100
Jeb Dunnuck92/100
Jane Anson93/100
Rich velvety texture and vibrant violet-edged plum in colour, with sweet silky tannins pressing down on the fruit right from the first attack to the close of play. Grilled cedar, charred pepper and vanilla bean. This is full of pleasure, if a trace of heat on the finish. Ashely Hepworth oenologist, Clarice Turner director.

Drink 2022 - 2038

Jane Anson, Decanter.com (Sept 2021) Read more
Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is bright, punchy and full of energy. Sweet red berry, mocha, licorice, spice, menthol and a kiss of new French oak all grace the 2018. Plummy and pliant, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate, but it has the pedigree to develop nicely for a number of years. Most of this fruit is sourced from vineyards in the southern end of the valley.

Drink 2023 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Jan 2021) Read more
Wine Advocate92+/100
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, coming from vineyard locations in south Napa Valley, St. Helena, Oak Knoll District and Stags Leap District. It was aged for 18 months in 40% new (51% American, 49% French) and 60% one- to two-year-old French and American oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, it does pirouettes out of the glass with notes of crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and ripe blackcurrants plus hints of lilacs, menthol, forest floor and pencil shavings with a touch of wild sage. Medium-bodied, the palate is as intense as it is elegant, featuring layers of fresh black and blue fruits and gentle herbal accents, framed by firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and minerally. 36,000 cases were made.

Drink 2020 - 2034

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Nov 2020) Read more
Wine Spectator 93/100
Ripe and lush up front, with waves of cassis, mulled plum and blackberry compote underscored by singed alder and graphite on the finish, adding grip. This is packed and well-built. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 36,000 cases made.

Drink 2022 - 2032

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug 2021) Read more
James Suckling96/100
Very pretty blackberry, blackcurrant, walnut, forest-flower and dark-walnut aromas follow through to a full body with round, juicy tannins that are fine-grained and beautiful. Lovely length and generosity, but reserved at the finish to give it tension. Mostly from the Soscol vineyard. 97% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Apr 2021) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck92/100
The larger production 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley shows the vintage nicely and has a classic, balanced, medium to full-bodied style that offers textbook Cabernet Sauvignon notes of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, damp earth, and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated, this is a young, relatively unevolved, yet beautifully balanced 2018 that will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years.

Drink 2023 - 2040

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Jan 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps, a building contractor from Colorado, first invested in vineyards in the Napa Valley in 1972. In 1974 Phelps and his winemaker Walter Schugg produced their first vintage of Insignia, which at the time was one of the first Bordeaux style blends in California. Its Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot grapes are sourced primarily from Rutherford & Stags Leap (notably for `Insignia'); the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Los Carneros & Napa (for the better quality fruit).

Insignia, which is aged in oak barrels (25% American) for 22 months has been on hot streak since 1990 and current winemaker Craig Williams is producing richer and riper wines than before. The winery produces a wide range of wines apart from Insignia and of particular interest are its Rhône style wines made from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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