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Joseph Phelps Eisrebe (375ML) 2007

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Winemaker Notes

In 1994, the desire to producean "ice wine," or Eiswein, as it is called in Germany, prompted us to adopt an innovative program whereby Scheurebe grapes would be picked in the late season and then commercially frozen, thus concentrating their already-high sugar levels. We called the wine "Eisrébe".

Although German Eisweins are produced from fruit that is actually picked frozen from the vine, we found that by freezing the grapes ourselves we could fashion a delicious dessert wine that is viscous and smooth, with excellent acidity to balance the sweetness.

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

The 2007 Eisrebe, made from 100% Scheurebe, has 7.8% alcohol and 23 grams of residual sugar. It falls between an Auslese and Beerenauslese in style, offering notes of marmalade, maple syrup, and caramelized tropical fruit, terrific acidity, and beautiful purity. It should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.

ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Bright, pale gold. Slightly high-toned aromas of apricot, pear nectar and flowers, with complicating notes of honey and clove. Then intensely flavored but a bit youthfully imploded on the palate; this tastes much less sweet than its 21% residual sugar would suggest. Less fruity and more saline in the mouth, with strong acidity (nine grams per liter) building slowly and extending the finish. A very interesting wine from frozen scheurebe grapes, and not at all a fruit bomb.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards, , California
Joseph Phelps
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard... View More

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.