Joseph Phelps Insignia

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Taste Profile: Full red
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
ABV: 14.5%
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Winery: Joseph Phelps

Accolades:

  • 97+ points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
  • 97 Points & Top 100 Napa Wines of 2017, James Suckling
  • 97 Points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
  • 96 Points + Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2017, Wine Enthusiast
  • 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

TASTE NOTES
Sight: Rich red
Nose: Currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, mocha, leather, vanilla, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee
Palate: Fresh, black fruit, mocha, cardamom, Madagascar vanilla notes, opulent, rich with supple tannin structure and balance

ABOUT THIS WINE
In 1974, Joe Phelps had the idea to make a separate cuvée each year, one that would represent the finest wine he could make from each vintage. He didn’t necessarily think it would always be a Cabernet Sauvignon. It might be a white wine in some years, a Chardonnay or a Riesling, or it might be a Syrah or Merlot. His only thought was to make one wine that represented the best of what Joseph Phelps Vineyards could produce each year. He decided to name the wine Insignia, a proprietary name that would give him the flexibility to make the wine out of any varietal he chose.

As it happened, 1974 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley and the 1974 Insignia was 94% Cabernet from the Stags Leap District. The following year Merlot dominated the blend, and in 1976, it returned to Cabernet, this time from the Eisele Vineyard. It was becoming increasingly clear that red Bordeaux varieties – particularly Cabernet Sauvignon - were ideally suited to Napa Valley and would consistently yield the best wines of the vintage. From 1977 on, Cabernet Sauvignon was never less than 50% of the Insignia blend and gradually became the dominant varietal. Joe’s vision evolved: Insignia would always be a proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.

The 2014 Napa Valley growing season began with mild winter temperatures and dry conditions until February. Spring rains brought much needed moisture to the soil and filled our vineyard reservoirs. Bud break occurred three to four weeks earlier than 2013 with a long period between bud break and bloom. Frost was no issue and the February and March rains provided for optimum vine growth. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months with very few heat spikes created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. At the onset of harvest, the flavours, acidity and tannins were farther along in their development than the two previous years. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit characteristics early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace. Consistency in the blocks and intense flavours at harvest were key characteristics to 2014.

 

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