Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018

 

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Joseph Phelps
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : USA
  • Region : California (AVA Napa Valley)
  • Subregion Napa
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 96 2018
WS Wine Spectator 93 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 93 2018
RP Robert Parker 92 2018
JD Jeb Dunnuck 92 2018
CG Connoisseurs' Guide 90 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 95 2017
DCT Decanter 94 2017
More information on wine critics and ratings

James Suckling (JS) : 96 Points (2018)
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.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2018)
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. Best from 2022 through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 93 Points (2018)
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. Drinking window: 2023 - 2033

Robert Parker (RP) : 92 Points (2018)
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.  Rating: 92+

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 92 Points (2018)
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.

Connoisseurs' Guide (CG) : 90 Points (2018)
Marked by very careful making as much as it is by the deep and incisive, blackcurrant fruit of authentic Cabernet Sauvignon with a discreet complement of neatly placed oak lending a boost in overall richness without ever challenging that fruit, this balanced, moderately full-bodied wine stays in frame from beginning to end with integrated tannins providing a nice, not overbearing, bit of ageworthy grip. Expect a fairly long life, a good ten years without fail, but its already evident polish suggests that it will be hard to resist in half that time.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 95 Points (2017)
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.

Decanter (DCT) : 94 Points (2017)
Packed with both charm and character with a powerfully spicy punch. Clear espresso flavours alongside mocha, grilled sarments, cassis and smoked bilberries. There are confident, ripped tannins also showing a muscular structure that is going to go the distance. Blend completed with 1% Cabernet Franc, aged in 48% new oak. Second vintage on the Place. Drinking Window 2022 - 2038

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