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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.
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92 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005
($48) Good ruby-red. Ripe aromas of blackberry, blueberry, truffle, licorice, cocoa powder and charred oak. Concentrated and firmly built, with flavors of sweet dark berries, tobacco, leather, game and currant leaf. Finishes with dusty, fine tannins that still need a year or two to harmonize with the wine's fruit. (The 2003 from barrel came across as less ripe and weighty but quite perfumed, with a strong note of graphite.)