Grounded Wine Company Steady State 2015 Napa Valley Red Wine
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91 points Wine Enthusiast
The debut of Napa native winemaker and entrepreneur Josh Phelps' own label, this is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. It delivers tremendous value for the quality, a mix of chocolate-covered cherry, blueberry and vanilla cola wrapped in smooth, seductive layers of robust elegance. Tobacco, pencil shavings and cigar box add alluring seasoning.
Josh's roots run deep, raised in a winemaking family, he was exposed to the industry from a young age. He continued to build his knowledge of the business through college, selling wine, working harvests, and creating wine for friends with his father, Chris Phelps. With GWCo., Josh hopes to build on this legacy and make his own splash in the wine world while exposing wine drinkers of his own generation to his hometown in wine country. Working with trusted farmers and childhood friends, his company reﬂects his deep understanding of wine, one that can only be developed growing up around the vines.
About Grounded Wine Co.
Grounded Wine Co. is the personal brand of Napa native Josh Phelps, built to reflect his experience growing up in wine country, and his relationships in the wine community. A grassroots, all-American, wine label, the wines feature grapes from trusted, sustainable vineyards in California and Washington and showcase what it means to be a winemaker today.
Striking in appearance, with its dark ruby color, the 2015 Steady State is immediately seductive. Very focused macerated black cherry, graphite, vanilla and forest floor aromas balance each other nicely. While the tannins have heft, they are also mouth coating, sweet, round and quite elegant, giving way to flavors of ripe blackberry, balsam, a bit of camphor and espresso bean throughout the lingering finish. 2015 Steady State, while light on its feet, has staying power. It is a luxurious wine that, while superbly enjoyable now, will continue to age gracefully for at least 6 - 10 years.
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot