Range: 1 to 9 (9 is best, 5 is average)
Outdoor tasting during construction. Red and white wines. Reservations required.www.josephphelps.com
After a quick lunch in Yountville, it was onto Joseph Phelps Vineyards where I was eager to taste their 2012 Cabernets. I had not yet visited Joseph Phelps, and I probably picked the wrong time to visit. The tasting room has been closed for several months while it undergoes extensive remodeling, so I will still have no idea how nice the tasting experience is there. The other problem was that after so much mine from my prior two stops that day, the last thing I needed was another six-wine tasting flight, but that’s what we faced here. I had surrendered my driving role to my friend after lunch because I was already starting to feel the extra alcohol in my system and felt it would be irresponsible to be driving. Why did I choose to come to Joseph Phelps Vineyards then? It was at my friend’s request that we visit here. The good news is that the 2012 Cabernet was well worth the visit. (Too bad that they were still pouring the 2011 Insignia.)
|The temporary visitor center set up at Joseph Phelps Vineyards|
|The vineyard view at Joseph Phelps Vineyards|
Based on this experience, I would rate the winery as a 4 and the wines offered as a 7. Look for the renovated tasting room to open in June.