• Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the Year | Joseph Phelps Vineyards

    Joseph Phelps Vineyards is thrilled to be named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Wineries of the Year. In particular, 2013 Insignia was singled out as a top-scoring wine by the magazine's editors:

    95 points - 2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley ~ 40th Vintage
    "Insignia has been built as a regional blend since its first vintage in 1974, becoming an estate-grown wine in 2004. Ashley Hepworth has fine-tuned the style, so Insignia is still a rich wine, but now, especially in 2013, shows the kind of firmness of structure that makes the richness profound. This vintage is fresh and lively, even while it is dense and powerful, as if the power is coming out of the black raspberry fruit as well as the bright, sparkling-fresh mineral tones of the tannins. Delicious now if you give it several hours in a decanter, this is destined to evolve into a classic." (Oct. 2016)

    We look forward to celebrating this achievement during the magazine's 13th Annual Top 100 Tasting on October 10th in San Francisco, CA. We hope to see you there. Complete details & tickets

  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Celebrates the 40th Vintage of Insignia

    Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of its 40th vintage of Insignia on September 1, 2016. To mark this important milestone, Phelps created a special 40th vintage logo that pays homage to the original 1970’s Insignia label design for inclusion on the 2013 Insignia label and a commemorative six-bottle wood box.

    “We at Joseph Phelps Vineyards are proud to announce the release of the 40th vintage of Insignia, our flagship wine,” said Bill Phelps, President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. “As California’s first proprietary red wine blend, Insignia has been crafted annually since 1974 from the finest grapes grown in each vintage. Today, the legacy continues and Insignia remains a true testament to that commitment that began forty years ago and will continue for years to come.”

    “The 2013 vintage is a special year for Insignia, not only because it is the wine’s 40th release, but also due to the extraordinary 2013 harvest that gave us fruit of exceptional purity and concentration,” adds Phelps. “I have no doubt that this vintage will stand with the finest we have yet produced.”

    Originally created from the 1974 vintage, Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Each vintage is comprised of the best grapes from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, first from both grower and estate fruit, and beginning with the 2004 vintage, from entirely estate-grown fruit sources. Insignia is a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine crafted from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards in Napa Valley.

    “The 2013 Insignia is one of the wines I am most proud of,” said Ashley Hepworth, Winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. “It’s showing exceptionally well for being so young.” Hepworth went on to say that 2013 had textbook weather throughout the growing season and harvest, resulting in concentrated wines with remarkable structure."

    To learn more about 2013 Insignia, we invite you to view a new video featuring insights from Bill Phelps, Ashley Hepworth and Robert M. Parker, Jr. To purchase 2013 Insignia click HERE or call 800-707-5789.

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