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2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia

ITEM 8316261 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
4 $205
Item Sold Amount Date
I8357402 3 $205 Jul 31, 2022
I8341204 3 $195 Jul 24, 2022
I8303925 1 $205 Jul 3, 2022
I8228284 1 $215 May 15, 2022
I8228329 1 $215 May 15, 2022
I8196228 1 $205 Apr 24, 2022
I8189754 1 $205 Apr 24, 2022
I8157916 1 $225 Mar 27, 2022
I8145555 1 $215 Mar 20, 2022
I8145555 9 $205 Mar 20, 2022
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RATINGS

97-100Robert M. Parker Jr.

A magnificent Insignia... fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke & spice box. Rich, full-bodied & opulent with plenty of tannin & structure lurking beneath extravagant generosity of fruit...

97James Suckling

Amazing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, mineral and bark. Complex nose. Full body plus super integrated tannins with superb balance and depth. Coffee and chocolate too. Very long and mind-bending. A tribute to the vintage.

97Jeb Dunnuck

...decidedly opulent, sexy wine that has loads of crème de cassis, roasted herbs, lead pencil, lavender, and exotic spice.

96Vinous / IWC

Rich, voluptuous & racy to the core. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers, spices & espresso... sensual, enveloping Insignia, should drink well with minimal cellaring... a long drinking window of pure pleasure. Today, it is a total knock-out.

93Wine Spectator

Packs a wallop, perhaps overly so, with extracted dark berry flavors and tannic muscle. The drying sensation on the finish distracts from the ripe blackberry, earth, cedar and gravel notes. Aromas of cassis, currant and blackberry

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,