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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.

2014 Joseph Phelps Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


WA  96   
JD  96   
VN  93-96   

1980 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon


Heavy capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; heavy label condition issue

2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia


RP  98+    
WE  98   
VN  97   
JS  95   
WS  93   

2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia

6-bottle Lot, Wood Case

RP  97-100   
JS  97   
JD  97   
VN  96   
WS  93