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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Joseph Phelps Eisrebe (375ML) 2009
Joseph Phelps Eisrebe (375ML) 2009
(search item no. 112868)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In 1994, the desire to produce an "ice wine," or Eiswein, as it is called in Germany, prompted us to adopt an innovative program whereby Scheurebe grapes would be picked late in the season and then commercially frozen, thus concentrating their already-high sugar levels. We called the wine "Eisrébe."

Although German Eisweins are produced from fruit that is actually picked frozen from the vine, we found that by freezing the grapes ourselves we could fashion a delicious dessert wine that is viscous and smooth, with excellent acidity to balance the sweetness.

The 2009 Scheurebe has delicate aromas of apricot, citrus blossom, honey, and crème caramel followed by a rich and unctuous texture integrated with well balanced, bright acidity and a persistent finish.

Grape & Source: 100% Scheurebe from our home ranch in Spring Valley outside of St. Helena in Napa Valley.

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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.