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This 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has been crafted from 100% Estate Grown fruit sourced from eight vineyards across South Napa, St Helena, Rutherford, Stag's Leap, and Oak Knoll. Upon the completion of the primary fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in 40% new oak barrels (65% French 35% American) sourced from such top-tier coopers as Ermitage, Francois Freres, and Orion. The balance of the wine has been aged in second-year barrels of the same pedigree.
This bottle can be cellared or enjoyed today allowing the wine some time to breath. The 2015 vintage is inky purple in color with aromas of dense blackberry jam, cassis and balsamic followed by a layering complexity throughout the mouthfeel of supple, sweet tannins with expressive ripe plum, vanilla, and rich black fruit.
James Suckling: Rated 93 Points
"Lots of burnt orange with currants and dust undertones. Some rose petal, too. Full body, chewy and tannic with lots of tension and intensity. Needs two or three years to soften but already a very impressive wine for the vintage."
Jeb Dunnuck: Rated 93 Points
"The only 2015 I was able to taste from this estate (I couldn’t visit due to the fires), the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. Deeper and richer than the 2014 with gorgeous notes of black currants, plums, graphite, toasted spice and licorice, this beauty is full-bodied, supple and seamless on the palate, with fine, fine tannin and surprising freshness and purity. It’s a beautiful, layered wine to drink over the coming 15-20 years."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Rated 91 Points
"Blended of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, sourced from six vineyards, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of red and black currants, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of pencil shavings, cinnamon stick, cloves and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has great freshness, with the vibrant, open-for-business fruit well supported by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with good length."
Wine Enthusiast: Rated 91 Points
"Leather, tobacco and smoky char define the opening of this full-bodied, rich wine, blended with 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Woody and structured, its fruit leans dark and plummy, ending on a touch of dark chocolate."
Producer Name: Joseph Phelps
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Sub-Region: North Coast
Appellation: Napa Valley
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon /Merlot/ Petite Verdot/ Malbec /Cabernet Franc
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Viticultural Features: All Estate Grown Vineyards, Sustainably Farmed
Upon the completion of the primary fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in 40% new oak barrels (65% French 35% American) sourced from such top-tier coopers as Ermitage, Francois Freres, and Orion. The balance of the wine has been aged in second-year barrels of the same pedigree.
Winemaker: Justin Ennis
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Bordeaux Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork