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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc 2002
(search item no. 58779)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Older cooperage was specifically chosen since it perfectly compliments our fresh, crisp style of wine by adding complexity without imparting an aggressive oak flavor. The wine was then aged on its fermentation lees for 6 months before bottling.

Alcohol: 12.7% by volume

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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.