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1997 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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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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1997 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 | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1999

More floral aromas of black raspberry and clove. Supple and sweet on the palate; like the '96, juicy but not especially dense. Finishes with substantial but even tannins.

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

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by Hotaji
Tried this at the winery side by side with Insignia. Two different wines, both very, very good. One priced at $120, the other at $30, who's to say which is the better deal. I feel this wine will age very well, I like its balance and full flavor. There's a good deal of fruit to carry this wine for a number of years.
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by DrRock
Not as good as the 1995, but its the next best choice.
concentrated chewy goodness
A complex nose of jammy fruit and herb followed by rich black cherry in the mouth with well-balanced tannin on the long finish!

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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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