Joseph Phelps Insignia Red Blend Napa Valley 2012

Joseph Phelps Insignia Red Blend Napa Valley 2012

Joseph Phelps Insignia Red Blend Napa Valley 2012

96 WA

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"The flagship wine of the estate in reds is their Insignia, which has been one of the great Bordeaux blends made in California since the debut vintage in 1974. It usually has 30+ years aging potential, even in lighter vintages, of which the 2012, 2013 and 2014 are decidedly not. The 2012 Proprietary Red Insignia, a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc all from estate vineyards, was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. There are 15,000 cases of it, and it’s a fabulous, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple to the rim, with notes of lead pencil shavings, incense, camphor, blackberry and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied, offering a multi-layered, textural, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and richness. All of this is achieved without a sense of heaviness or anything aggressive. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 30 years." 96pts WA

Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. when in the early 70s he won bids to build a few wineries in Northern California. He quickly made the transition from builder to owner and winemaker. Five decades later, his flagship wine, Insignia, is recognized as one of the world's great wines and has a dedicated following among wine enthusiasts and collectors. The winery owns eight vineyards on prime soil throughout the Napa Valley in districts such as Stag's Leap, Oakville, Rutherford, Carneros and St. Helena. The grapes for Insignia come from the best pickings from these plots and as such constitute a kind of ultimate expression of general Napa Valley terroir.





California - Napa Valley






Red Blend