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2004 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley
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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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2004 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

Producer: Joseph Phelps
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2007

($200; cabernet sauvignon with 14% merlot, 12% petit verdot and 2% minerals) Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cassis, black cherry, lead pencil and cedar. Sweet and fat but with a firm structure and very good vinosity. There's a sappy quality to the currant, cedar and chocolate flavors. Boasts the density of the vintage's best examples but, in comparison to the Backus, the tannins hit the palate a bit earlier. The very long finish hints at cedar and graphite. I'd put this aside for a couple of years.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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A great, big, delicious blend!
by John Illingworth
Joesph Phelps has done it again! Cassis, cedar, cherry, firms tannins and beautiful ruby color. It's still young and needs a little time before it's true colors will show. Lay this down for a few years and you will be extremely happy with the result!


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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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