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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.
93(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(includes 2% petit verdot; the oldest vines here are in the process of being replanted): Bright medium ruby. Restrained, mineral-driven aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate and espresso, complicated by nutty oak. Sweet, pliant and concentrated but in a more masculine style than the Insignia, offering good verve to the thick flavors of black fruits and chocolate syrup. This big boy finishes with substantial tannins that coat the front teeth. Very tight from the recent bottling and tricky to taste today. For fear of making wines with excessively tough tannins, winemaker Ashley Hepworth doesn't do much post-fermentation maceration for Backus and is now vinifying with some whole berries