98 Points - #28 Top 100 Wines of the USA 2019 - James Suckling
Lovely density and intensity with dark berries, blueberries and inky undertones with hints of spice, chocolate and walnuts. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. The texture and length are fantastic here. Complex. Hints of smoky wood at the end. This needs three to five years more in bottle age. Exciting wine. (May 2019)
This flagship wine from Joseph Phelps is always one of Napa Valley's very best Cabernet blends, and this 2016 is outstanding. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, beautifully beguiling notions of wild blueberries, warm blackberries, black currant cordial, cloves and cedar chest fill this medium to full-bodied on the palate with black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, very finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length.