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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Bright green-yellow. Vibrant aromas of lime, orange oil and flowers, plus a whiff of brioche. Tactile, juicy and crisp, with strong fruit-driven flavors of green tropical fruits, lemon and pineapple. Very good density and freshness here, but in a cooler style than the 2009 bottling.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Better with Age
Having finished the 2008 version, this wine gains complexity with bottle age. I have compared this to a number of the Kistler single vineyard selections and the Freestone, while not quite as rich, delivers great floral and melon notes and can be equally delightful to drink.
Crisp and Clean
For those who like their chards without oak or butter, this is a winner. Notes of tropical fruit and melon, this is a lovely and reasonably complex wine. One of my favorites, it is extremely versatile in pairing with a variety of foods due to its good acidity and lovely tropical fruit.
I was taken in by WA's profile on this wine which proved to be generous. I'm stuck with a case so we'll see if any improvement takes place but the mid-palate was absent...little texture and an elusive finish.
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not much character, gets a bit better with air
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