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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 80765)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Concentrated ripe sweet fruit is complemented by roasted red and black fruit flavors and a smoky oak component. This powerful wine will continue to evolve for many years.

"The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (19,000 cases) is one of the finest made since the mid-1970s. A gorgeous nose of black fruits, licorice, and smoke is followed by a wine with tremendous flamboyance, loads of fruit, a velvety texture, and low acidity. The final blend was 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, and the wine performed out of bottle considerably better than it did from barrel. Drink it over the next decade."
-Wine Advocate

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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.