Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 87
Vintage

2014

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Unique blend of select lots from the Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard in eastern Oakville
  • 92% Cabernet Sauvignon from the vines surrounding the smokehouse and steeply sloped South block
  • 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot from the Plateau block, some 500 feet above the valley floor
  • 24 months of aging in a new Taransaud 5 French oak barrel

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. Your Premiere Napa Valley wine is a unique blend of select lots from the Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard in eastern Oakville. It is compirsed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon from the vines surrounding the steeply sloped South Block, 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot from the Plateau Block that is some 500 feet above the valley floor. The wine will age in a new Taransaud 5 French oak barrel for 24 months. The 2014 vintage highlights classic Oakville black fruit and graphite aromatics with powerful tannin structure and complexity for long-term aging potential.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Ashley Hepworth

Winemaker, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Winemaker, Ashley Hepworth

Ashley Hepworth came to Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 1999 with a palate honed by working in restaurant kitchens, including the celebrated Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. The experience also exposed Ashley to wine – she became friendly with Charlie Trotter’s sommeliers – and ultimately led her to apply for a harvest intern position at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. She got the job, and after working the harvest of 1999 she stayed on as a cellar worker, a “from the ground up experience” she says she wouldn’t trade for anything. From there Ashley went on to positions at the winery as a lab technician and enologist, and in 2004 she was named associate winemaker, overseeing all day-to-day winemaking operations.

In 2005 Ashley had the opportunity to expand her winemaking horizons when she took a “mini” sabbatical to work a harvest in Bordeaux at Chateau Angelus in St. Emilion. She earned a Winemaking Certificate from the Viticulture and Enology Department at the University of California at Davis in 2006, and in 2008 she was promoted to winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with some great winemakers at Joseph Phelps, and I’ve learned a lot from each one of them,” says Ashley, who credits the winery’s founder, Joe Phelps, with establishing the overall philosophical approach which guides the winery today. “He always pushed the winemaking team to explore, to do better. There was no limit. He always said ‘don’t stop at good, make it great.’ Even though he’s gone, we have a team that understands that really well.”

Ashley’s approach to winemaking at Joseph Phelps is deceptively simple: let the vineyards and the vintages speak for themselves. “Our estate vineyards give me such quality and purity of fruit,” she says. “There’s a consistency to our wines, but it’s not because of a recipe, it’s because the vineyards are so solid.” Still, Ashley is very much in favor of vintage expression. “We don’t want every vintage to taste the same.”

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry at Fort Lewis College, a Winemaking Certificate from the Viticulture and Enology Department at the University of California at Davis and worked the 2005 harvest at Chateau Angelus, St. Emilion.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Minimalism - allow what the vineyard offers to reflect in the wine.

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