1995 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes The 1995 Cabernet is a powerful, extracted wine, with rich oak component underlying the spicy, peppery flavors. As the wine continues to evolve ut reveals cherry and plum-like aromas, rich, mature tannins, and the potential to outlive the excellent '94 vintage.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.4° Brix, fermented to 13.5% alcohol, then aged 20 months in French oak (70%) and new American oak (30%), before being blended and bottled in August 1997.
Vintage Notes The 1995 growing season was more problematical than the '94, with an unseasonably cool spring and a hail storm on June 15 delaying bloom by ten to fourteen days and reducing crop levels. Veraison, which is usually complete by mid-August, lasted until early September, and vintners worried that the rainy season might arrive before all of the grapes were harvested. Fortunately, September warmed up and continued into October, and the ripening process was completed.
91 Points - Wine Spectator
This tightly wound California Cas is definitely one for your cellar. It's a touch earthy and leathery, but the core of currant, berry, cherry and spice flavors is rich and focused, finishing with a long, lively aftertaste.
90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 16 months in cask (primarily French oak) and was bottled with minimal filtration. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, as well as an attractive black cherry, cassis, and dried herb-scented nose with spicy oak. Rich, full bodied and concentrated, it offers plenty of cassis fruit and a chewy style. (Dec. 1998)
- San Francisco Chronicle
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon has always been one of California's most elegant and stylish red wines. This excellent 1995 is no exception. [The wine] has a deep ruby color. The nose is slightly closed but showing black currants and ripe plums. Ripe black fruits dominate the concentrated flavors, with hints If pepper and anise. (July 1998)
- Los Angeles Times
A kinder, gentler Cabernet, rich and mouth filling, scented with blackberries and plums, from one of Napa Valley's benchmark producers. And yet, though this gorgeous, deep garnet wine is easy to drink, it also has character and depth. In short, a beautiful wine for the price. And one that's very food friendly. It will go nicely with just about everything. (June 1998)
Blend and Grape Sources
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 5-24, 1995
Aging/Cooperage 20 months in a combination of French oak (70%) and American oak (30%) before being blended and bottled in August 1997.