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1996 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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  88-90
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 92
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 88
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About Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards was born out of owner Joseph Phelps's love for the Napa Valley, which he discovered while his construction firm was building a winery near St. Helena. Today, Joseph Phelps Vineyards produces several wines that are 100% estate grown, including the flagship Insignia, a lush, highly concentrated blend of Bordeaux varietals.

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1996 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Producer: Joseph Phelps
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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88-90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1998

Very good deep red color. Spicy cassis, blueberry and chocolate aromas. Blue fruit and spice flavors in the mouth; this wine accessible texture will give it early drinkability. Finishes with moderate tannins and a hint of bacony oak.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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08/12/2000
by Munzster
Great cab for the price. Very smooth for a young cab, but will still benefit from a few years in the cellar.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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