Insignia stands with Opus One as one of Napa’s most iconic Bordeaux-style blends and the current release 2014 Insignia, “Is another beauty,” Parker wrote in his first review — but this past October The Wine Advocate upped the ante adding “1+” to the already glowing review, propelling the 2014 Insignia into 97+ point territory. That’s the good news. The bad? Get in on this now, before every 3-Michelin-Star restaurant puts the pressure on, robbing cases from our precious allocation. “Incredibly elegant and fine in the mouth,” said the Wine Advocate. Galloni raved, “A rich, explosive Insignia, the 2014 exudes pedigree,” and James Suckling praised its “beautiful depth and intensity” in his 97-point review. $250 from the winery — or just $215 on Wine Access today, and in your hands within 48 hours. Don’t miss out on one of the most magnificently structured and age-worthy wines of the year.
Our relationship with the Phelps family dates back to the early 1990s, when we helped launch the 1994 vintage in NYC. Our allocations since have regularly disappeared in a flash. In the case of the stunning 2014 Phelps “Insignia,” the 41st vintage — which ranks among the four or five greatest Napa Valley wines of the year — it won’t last the day.
Its angular Old World structure has seduced international collectors and critics since the late California pioneer Joseph Phelps debuted the label in 1974. Ever since that offering, Robert Parker has shouted praise from the rooftops, posting six 100-point reviews (1991, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2013 vintages) and declaring it to be “one of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blends.”
In 2014, the Phelps team pushed the vines to the limit during the sunny yet mild growing season, forcing each plant to compete for water reserves by leaving cover crop untilled, delaying irrigation, and thinning clusters. The result of their relentlessness is a powerful, full-bodied blend that’s elegantly approachable. A modern classic that will gather power in the cellar for decades.