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2011 Joseph Phelps Insignia

ITEM 7974715 - Removed from subterranean passive storage; Purchased upon release

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
matwe6 1 $195 $195
samya 1 $195 $195
cbofnewp… 0 of 1 $185 $0
wss_haeb… 0 of 1 $185 $0
kokik 0 of 2 $175 $0
LMG 0 of 1 $165 $0
2 $165
Item Sold Amount Date
I8020961 1 $175 Dec 5, 2021
I7974715 2 $195 Oct 17, 2021
I7898021 1 $175 Jul 25, 2021
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RATINGS

96Wine Enthusiast

Impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer's marquee Bordeaux-style blend... Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom & clove that will coalesce beautifully over time.

93Vinous / IWC

...impressive, no doubt about it. In this vintage, it is the wine's length & persistence that stand out... decidedly Old World style... Grilled herbs, smoke, dried rose petal, tobacco & cedar are some of the notes that add complexity.

92James Suckling

A balanced, delicious Insignia for early drinking. Aromas of currants, blueberries and licorice follow through to a full to medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Yummy.

90-93Robert M. Parker Jr.

...sweet aromas of bouquet garni, mint, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and licorice, and a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel with more richness and intensity than I would have expected from this vintage.

PRODUCER

Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery based in St. Helena. It was founded in 1973 when Joseph Phelps, a building contractor from Colorado, arrived in Napa Valley to build wineries. He soon decided to make his own wine and purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena. Phelps Vineyards now owns or leases 560 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. The estate owns choice properties in St. Helena, Stags Leap, Oakville, Rutherford, South Napa Valley and Oak Knoll. Phelps is best known for Insignia, its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varieties first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Besides Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, Phelps also grows Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Scheurebe. The estate produces 50,000 cases annually from Napa Valley and an additional 15,000 cases from the Sonoma Coast.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,