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1987 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 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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1987 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley

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

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2002

Bright violet-ruby. Compelling aromas of raspberry, flowers, tobacco and sexy oak spices. Lush, pliant and wonderfully dense, with expressive berry, toast and mineral flavors. Very stylish wine with terrific texture. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and sweet, lingering fruit. The sexiest wine of the tasting, from one of California handful of true grand cru sites. If memory serves, some early tasters preferred the Insignia and even the Backus bottlings to this wine.

82 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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