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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2001
Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2001
(search item no. 75547)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Stunning Napa Valley Merlot, recently named one of Wine & Spirits Top 10 Merlots of 2003! Aromas and flavors of spice and black cherry predominate, with an appealing balance and long, velvety finish. This age worthy wine will bring enjoyment for many years.

"A fine expression of merlot: the lasting red berry fruit, the tender texture and soft, feminine grace. It not only tastes like merlot, it has some staying power. The sweet tart strawberry flavor has a charry edge of tannin, a dusty cocoa grip that lingers with the tender fruit. This should grow up well."

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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.