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About Joseph Phelps
Joseph Phelps Vineyards was born out of owner Joseph Phelps's love for the Napa Valley, which he discovered while his construction firm was building a winery near St. Helena. Today, Joseph Phelps Vineyards produces several wines that are 100% estate grown, including the flagship Insignia, a lush, highly concentrated blend of Bordeaux varietals.
92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2002
(bottled a month prior to my visit) Saturated ruby, with purple tones. Primary aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate, mocha, menthol and licorice, along with a peppery nuance. Cool, extremely primary black fruit flavors are not yet expansive but hint at the sweetness to come. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and excellent persistence.