Joseph Phelps Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)
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Before Joe Phelps became a vintner in the early 1970s, he’d built a successful career as a construction engineer. Before graduating from Colorado State University, Joe had many different jobs; a newspaper carrier, print shop owner, filling station attendant, fishing lure purveyor, surveyor, and estimator.However it was in construction that Joe first made his mark, building the company his father had founded, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, into one of the largest and most successful construction companies in the U.S. in little more than a decade.
In March of 1973, Joe took possession of the 600 acre cattle ranch on the east side of St. Helena, wasting no time laying out and planting 100 acres of vineyards with the help of Walter Schug- hes first hired winemaker. They planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. Today the Phelps family owns and farms 425 acres of vines in Napa Valley on nine estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Stags Leap District, Oak Knoll District, South Napa, and Carneros. Each vineyard has its own personality and brings a different characteristic to the wines. Their philosophy is to maintain, preserve and (where possible and appropriate) ecologically enhance the natural vineyard environment.
On the nose, bright red cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate with notes of clove and dark chocolate. On the palate, those aromas carry through with well added balance and integrated tannin structure. Pair with your favourite cut/preparation of steak, lamb, or roast meat.
Made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot, Innisfree is made from blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon that don’t quite meet the requirements for making Phelps ultra premium wines Phelps Insignia or other Napa Valley labels. This could happen for in a year where the crop is larger than usual. Though rest assured, it is still signature Joseph Phelps quality and satisfies the expectations for a “second label” wine with less oak and approachability and at a more affordable price point.