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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 107697)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits 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:

The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc growing season began with budbreak during the first week of April and veraison the third week of July, which was similar to the 2008 growing season based on a 10 year average. The 2009 season was cool overall compared to the previous nine years, allowing the Sauvignon Blanc to develop perfectly. The three separate blocks on the home ranch were harvested toward the end of August, and the cool growing season flawlessly captured the fruit and floral aromatics and focused acidity. Aromas of lemon curd, white flowers, honeydew, allspice and notes of wet stone are followed by a balanced palate with fresh acidity and length.
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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.