Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a truly great winery and provides a wonderful experience you will long remember. The wines are incredible, the grounds gorgeous and the service outstanding.

Joseph Phelps Vineyard is one of the finest wineries in Napa Valley and among the top two or three that every serious wine lover should visit.  You can learn about biodynamic farming methods, interact with very friendly and professional staff, taste great wines in a beautiful setting and learn about wine from one of their classes or seminars.

We took the aroma class, that includes the Le Nez du Vin Aroma Identity Challenge.  I highly recommend this class to anybody who is interested in learning about wine. I misplaced my wine tasting notes but we had an excellent 2009 Sauvignon Blanc,  a very nice 2007 Freestone Pinot Noir and 2006 Merlot.  (We bought some Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.) Joseph Phelps also has some world class Cabernet, including the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (another wine we bought) which was a bargain at only $54 and the incredible 2006 Insignia, their flagship wine.  The Insignia is 95% Cab and 5% Petit Verdot and is an incredible wine.  It retails for $200 and, unlike many wines this expensive,  it is actually worth the price.

It is easy to see why it receives so many nominations every year as the best winery in Napa Valley.  This is a Napa Valley winery you must visit (reservations necessary) if you are really serious about wines, especially cabs.
200 Taplin Rd
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-2745
Visited 3/2/2011

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