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Drinking To A Napa Legend

Drinking To A Napa Legend

via josephphelps.com

The Covenant Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is reaching its potential. 

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The domestic wine world lost one of its leading lights last month when celebrated California winemaker Joseph Phelps passed away at age 87. For over 40 years Phelps remained at the forefront of Napa winemaking with his Bordeaux and Rhone-styled blends, and his single varietal bottlings. Along with other legends, including Robert Mondavi and Chuck Wagner, Phelps helped established Napa as a world renowned wine producing region.

Born and raised in Colorado, Phelps expanded his family’s successful construction business to San Francisco in the 1960s, eventually winning the opportunity to build a winery in Napa. He became enthralled with wine and, recognizing the region’s potential, established the Joseph Phelps’s Vineyards in 1973. His winery became a breeding ground for innovation and winemaking talent. Many of his former winemaker employees have moved on to their own well-regarded ventures in the United States and abroad.

And while Phelps never made a kosher wine, he influenced kosher vintners. So, to toast the memory of this innovative, pioneering and generous CA-wine legend, we selected a special kosher Napa wine. The Covenant Napa Valley Solomon Lot 70 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (the current 2011 vintage goes for about $150), is just now reaching its potential.  Produced from two of Leslie Rudd’s finest vineyards, this dense dark berry and cherry flavored, full-bodied beauty is well integrated with layers of mocha, cassis, tobacco and some spiced oak at the end. An archetypical Napa Cab in so many ways, it is a fitting bottle to honor the memory and history of a classic Napa personality.

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