2003 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

2003 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

97 Points Wine Advocate, 2013
97 Points Wine Advocate, 2005
94 Points Wine Advocate, 2006
91 Points Vinous Media
90 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 19 ratings
Ripe fruit; rich, complex taste

Surprisingly delicious, supple, and complex for a 2003 Napa cab-based wine. Changed its exciting personality with time in the glass, but was always gorgeous and layered. My wife and I agree in giving it ~94 pts now (Oct/Nov 2008).

Napa Valley 2003

A bit of a sleeper vintage, tucked in between the superb 2001, 2002, and 2004 vintages. It wasn’t the easiest of growing seasons, but nevertheless, there are some excellent wines in 2003. Significant rain during the spring kept growers guessing, as they tried to adjust their vineyard management programs to match the conditions, and shatter was a problem. A moderate July was followed by a mid-August period of rain, followed by uneven temperatures that had harvest alternately starting and then stopping as everyone watched the weather and the fruit. Careful canopy management was important, and reading the weather was key to making the right decisions. Overall, summer was below average in terms of temperatures. As the harvest approached, the weather warmed up and dried out, and those who had gotten the canopies and fruit loads right were able to ripen a slightly smaller crop of very good fruit.

The most successful made wines that have been somewhat under the radar, being in the shadow of the other great years surrounding the vintage, and they are worth seeking out as they are relative bargains due to the overall impression of the vintage.

Key Dates

Heavy rainfall

Cooler temperatures

Sporadic rain

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