Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 | 95pt Cabernet Classic
A true Napa icon flexing its muscles. Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 pours lush and generous with a dense dark ruby color in the glass. A celebration of red and purple flowers is rounded by a party of dark fruits and lifted herbal notes. The mouthfeel is seductive and full of flavor with dark chocolate, dark cherry, and espresso with warm cassis notes, tobacco pipe, and graphite. Drink now- 2040.
95JS | Very aromatic with blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as red licorice. Floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, firm, and lightly chewy. Lovely depth of fruit here. Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is simply rich and flavorful. Extremely well done for the vintage. Shows more finesse and tightness than in 2016. Very classic. One-third of the production. Try it. Drink after 2022, but already delicious.
Insignia-Type Elegance from Phelps
This is a true Napa icon flexing its muscles with serious Cabernet value, and we know the Wine Access members who’ve had an eye on their inbox for the past two years will be thrilled to see the Joseph Phelps name return—along with the latest edition of a Cabernet with a history for racking up dozens of perfect 5-star ratings from our members.
Iconic Joseph Phelps
Joseph Phelps is a Napa Valley rarity: It’s an iconic, pioneering winery that remains family-owned and -operated to this day. We first tasted this vintage with third-generation Will Phelps at Napa’s Angèle, where the (arguably) best-in-town burger serves as the perfect foil for a benchmark Napa Valley Cabernet. And as the 2017’s deep and dark fruit, seductive mouthfeel, and notes of espresso, cassis, tobacco, and graphite confirmed, they just don’t get any more classic: If Napa Valley’s cult Cabs are Teslas, Phelps is a V-8 Corvette.
So, Will’s grandfather founded Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 1973. And—despite the fact that his name is now synonymous with a Cabernet-based wine—was interested in far more than Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, he conceived of his trademark Insignia bottling as simply the finest wine he could make from a vintage: maybe it would be Syrah or Merlot, maybe it would even be a white wine. But Cabernet Sauvignon quickly distinguished itself as the key to Phelps’ signature wine, which would become famous as the first proprietary red blend in Napa Valley.