2015 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2015
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 93--Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"Blended of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, sourced from six vineyards, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of red and black currants, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of pencil shavings, cinnamon stick, cloves and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has great freshness, with the vibrant, open-for-business fruit well supported by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with good length. 23,000 cases were made." (WA)

"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pretty wine. There is good depth and density, but most of that happens at the outset, as the wine loses some of its persistence through the mid palate and into the finish. Ultimately, the shortcomings of the year can't be totally overcome. I would prefer to drink the 2015 sooner rather than later." (VM)

"This keenly focused and beautifully measured wine is nothing less than a classic example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that combines cassis, creamy oak and elements of loamy soil in a rich yet very concise mix. Despite being fairly full, it does not come close to being heavy, and its ample, very well-defined fruit powers its way past youthfully gruff tannins at the finish. Refinement will come, but it will take a few years in so doing, and we would lobby for at least a half-decade of patience here with full faith that the wait will be richly rewarded. Reviewed: August 2018" (CG)

"Lots of burnt orange with currant and dust undertones. Some rose petal, too. Full body, chewy and tannic with lots of tension and intensity. Needs two or three years to soften but already a very impressive wine for the vintage. Drink in 2020." (JS)

"The only 2015 I was able to taste from this estate (I couldn’t visit due to the fires), the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. Deeper and richer than the 2014 with gorgeous notes of black currants, plums, graphite, toasted spice and licorice, this beauty is full-bodied, supple and seamless on the palate, with fine, fine tannin and surprising freshness and purity. It’s a beautiful, layered wine to drink over the coming 15-20 years." (JD)

"Leather, tobacco and smoky char define the opening of this full-bodied, rich wine, blended with 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Woody and structured, its fruit leans dark and plummy, ending on a touch of dark chocolate." (WE)

Winery Notes:
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc from our vineyards in South Napa, Oak Knoll District, St. Helena, Rutherford and Stags Leap District.