In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is king and its top producers are legendary. One of these, Joseph Phelps, produces the highly regarded Insignia Red Wine, which is 84% Cab but retails at $300. While this is an outstanding wine, at Peninsula Underground we are always impressed with finding great value. Joseph Phelps delivers there as well with its 2017 Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon, our March featured wine.
Some friends brought this bottle over on a night we were serving Korean beef and Asian nachos. Given how young this wine is for a Cab we decided we should decant it, which exposes more of the wine to air and therefore softens the tannins. A typical review for a 2017 Cab might advise that it not be opened for years, or at least decanted for two hours, but we were pouring our Innisfree within minutes. If it’s true that we first taste a wine with our eyes then the rich, medium-dark burgundy color foretold a great experience. And that’s we got. After just a few minutes in the decanter this wine had no trace of tannins. It drank like a triple-digit Napa Cab that had been cellared for years. The best news? You can pick up this bottle at your local store for less than $40! Bring this to dinner the next time you gather with friends and family and tell them it earned 5 Corks on Peninsula Underground.
The 2017 Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon by Joseph Phelps proves you can find world-class wine without paying exorbitant prices and for that reason it is Peninsula Underground’s March wine-of-the-month.