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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.

1984 Joseph Phelps Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue

RP  91   

2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Very top shoulder fill

RP  99   
WE  96   
ST  94   
WS  90   

2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia

RP  100   
WS  96   
ST  95   
WE  92   
JR  15   
WS  #1 of 2005   
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2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia

1.5ltr

RP  100   
WS  96   
ST  95   
WE  92   
JR  15   
WS  #1 of 2005   

2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia

1.5ltr

Label condition issue

RP  100   
WS  96   
ST  95   
WE  92   
JR  15   
WS  #1 of 2005   

2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Lightly depressed cork

WA  97-100   
JD  97   
JS  96   
VN  91-94   

2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia

WA  97-100   
JD  97   
JS  96   
VN  91-94