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2010 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley (in magnum) (Pre-Arrival)
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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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2010 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley (in magnum) (Pre-Arrival)

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

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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(85% cabernet sauvignon with 10% petit verdot, 3% merlot and 2% malbec):  Bright, deep red.  Captivating violet lift to the aromas of cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate, licorice and sexy oak; I would have guessed this had a good deal of cabernet franc.  Then extremely primary on the palate, but already showing a seductive sugar/acid balance.  Boasts lovely clarity and lift to its dark fruit, minerals and bitter chocolate flavors.  Finishes with a serious brace of tongue-dusting tannins and outstandingly subtle, juicy persistence.  A brilliant showing considering it was bottled just a month prior to my visit:  eight or ten years in the cellar may well bring an even higher score.  A year ago, I preferred the 2009, but this evolved beautifully during its final months of elevage.  Director of winemaker Damian Parker always destems the fruit but typically ferments with some whole berries.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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