2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Price $75.00, $60.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc from estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 16 - October 13, 2014
Aging/Cooperage Eighteen months in 45% new oak barrels (55% French, 45% American) and 55% two-year-old French and American oak barrels.
Winemaking Data Grapes were sorted and cold soaked prior to fermentation. The wine was aged for eighteen months in 45% new oak barrels (55% French, 45% American) and 55% two-year-old French and American oak barrels before bottling in June, 2016. The barrel coopers used included Ermitage, François Frères, Demptos (French & American), Canton (American) and Barrel Associates (American).
Winemaker Notes The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon highlights blackberry, dried blueberry and violet with notes of graphite and cloves followed by opulent layers of black currant jam, roasted coffee, tobacco, dried fig and vanilla bean. A full-bodied, deeply concentrated wine with supple tannins and a lengthy finish.
Vintage Notes The 2014 Napa Valley growing season began with mild winter temperatures and dry conditions until February. Spring rains brought much needed moisture to the soil and filled our vineyard reservoirs. Bud break occurred three to four weeks earlier than 2013 with an average period between bud break and bloom. Frost was of no issue and the February and March rains provided for optimum vine growth. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months with very few heat spikes created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. At the onset of harvest, the flavors, acidity and tannins were further along in their development than the two previous years. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit characteristics early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace. Consistency in the blocks and intense flavors at harvest were key characteristics to 2014.
92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
It is a beauty... supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish. (2016)
91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Once again, Phelps has done a terrific job... dark red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and dark spices build as the wine gains depth and fleshiness with time in the glass. The Cabernet remains one of the very finest values in Napa Valley. (2016)
93 Points - James Suckling
Layered and subtle with currant, light chocolate, almond and cedar character. Medium body, polished tannins and a flavorful finish, yet this is always reserved and polished. Enjoy. Drink or hold. (May 2017)
The 25-Bottle Guide to Wine Mastery - Food & Wine Magazine
Napa Valley Cabernet is California's iconic red wine. Try a standard-bearer like the 2014 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, full of blackberry and black currant fruit. (Oct 2017)
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This wine is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of other Bordeaux red varieties. Together, they offer bold, ripe red-currant and -berry flavors, with a rich entry and gravelly texture. Highly stylized, grippy tannins and a leather note provide additional strength. —V.B. (Dec. 2017)
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a great introduction to the estate as well as the vintage. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot, it boasts a deep purple color as well as loads of blackberry and currants fruits intermixed with notions of spice cakes, graphite and chocolate. Upfront, supple, forward and undeniably delicious, it’s already drinking nicely yet will keep for 15+ years. I’m just now finishing a case of the 2002 and it’s still drinking beautifully. (Dec. 2017)