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Napa Valley

98 points, James Suckling

2019, Insignia
Joseph Phelps

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Joseph Phelps, an iconic pionneer

It was March 1, 1973 when Joe took possession of the 600-acre cattle ranch on the east side of St. Helena. He wasted no time, laying out and planting 100 acres of vineyards. In 1973, the first vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted and in 1974 Joe created what is arguably his most important legacy: California’s very first proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend—Insignia. His idea, to blend the finest wine lots of the vintage into one bottling, was revolutionary for its time. The wine brought recognition not only to Joseph Phelps Vineyards, but ultimately to Napa Valley as a whole. Today the Phelps family owns and farms 425 acres of vines in Napa Valley on nine estate vineyards.

Today, Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s most iconic wines. The 2002 vintage was awarded “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator magazine in 2005 and Robert Parker Wine Advocate has awarded four perfect 100-point scores to the 1991, 1997, 2002 and 2007 vintages of Insignia.

2019 vintage

Ashley Hepworth tells you about this vintage:

In 2019, bud break occurred around the same time as 2018 but was delayed compared to our historical averages due to cold, saturated soils from the wet winter. May was cold with an unusual amount of rainfall which delayed bloom in some areas. Canopy management was key in 2019 because of vigorous canopies and moderate temperatures leading to less stress on the vines. July was cooler than average, but August and September warmed to push ripening ahead. Harvest weather patterns remained dry and fruit quality was excellent with well-developed flavors and structure.

“The 2019 wines are beautiful, balanced, and marked by good intensity of dark fruit characteristics. To have back-to-back vintages like 2018 and 2019 is a luxury” – Ashley Hepworth, Winemaker

The tasting notes 
“A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with inviting violet, dark fruit, tobacco, subtle baking spice and earthy dried herb aromatics. A focused, concentrated wine with youthful energy and freshness nimbly balanced by supple tannin structure and finesse.”

Alc : 14.5%
Blend :
• 93% - Cabernet Sauvignon
• 5% - Petit Verdot
• 2% - Malbec

6 Available for 750ml
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The Producer

It was March 1, 1973 when Joe took possession of the 600-acre cattle ranch on the east side of St. Helena. He wasted no time, laying out and planting 100 acres of vineyards with the help of Walter Schug, whom he’d hired as winemaker. They planted everything - Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Johannisberg Riesling, Gewurztraminer. The property was a blank slate, and Joe was game to try just ... read more

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