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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (Stained Label) 1995

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

The 1995 growing season was more problematical than the '94, with an unseasonably cool spring and a hail storm on June 15 delaying bloom by ten to fourteen days and reducing crop levels. Veraison, which is usually complete by mid-August, lasted until early September, and vintners worried that the rainy season might arrive before all of the grapes were harvested. Fortunately, September warmed up and the trend continued into October, and the ripening process was completed. The 1995 Cabernet is a powerful, extracted wine, with a rich oak component underlying the spicy, peppery flavors. As the wine continues to evolve it reveals cherry and plum-like aromas, rich, mature tannins, and the potential to outlive the excellent '94 vintage.

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The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 16 months in cask (primarily French oak), and was bottled with minimal filtration. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, as well as an attractive black cherry, cassis, and dried herb-scented nose with spicy oak. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it offers plenty of cassis fruit and a chewy style. It can be drunk or cellared for 15+ years.
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards, California
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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.

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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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