• James Suckling: Napa's Amazing 2013 Vintage

    It's hard to believe that Napa Valley made better wines in 2013 than 2012 but it did. America's premier wine producing region made stunning wines in 2013, particularly cabernet sauvignon-based reds. The best show terrific form and tension, giving them an impressive freshness to their richness and power. This character illustrates a new classicism for the great wines of the region. –Jan. 19, 2016

    2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley
    96 points
    , "
    Extravagant aromas of crushed blackberries, mint, eucalyptus and flint. Full body, round and velvety textured. Rich and flavorful finish. Lusciousness with form. Reserved palate. Very attractive now but better in 2020." (barrel sample - September 2016 release)

    2013 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard, Napa Valley
    93 points, "So soft and fresh with sage, berry, dark chocolate and cocoa aromas and flavors. Full body, velvety texture and a long and rich finish. Luscious is the word to describe this. Retains tension." (barrel sample - Fall 2016 release)

    2013 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
    92 points, "Gorgeous aromas of sage, blackberry and blueberry follow through to a full body, polished and silky tannins and a long flavorful finish. A pretty combination of subtle fruit and wood. Should come together beautifully." (February 2016 release)

News Archive

  • Winter 2015/2016 Review Compilation
  • John Stanton | 1916-2015
  • 2011 Joseph Phelps Insignia | Decanter Magazine's 50 Star Buys of 2015
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Announces Solar Initiative
  • Wine Enthusiast Awards 2013 Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards 93 Points & Editors' Choice
  • A Pair of 96 Point Reviews For 2012 Insignia
  • Walter Schug | 1935-2015
  • 2012 Insignia Included in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines in 2015 List
  • Wine & Spirits Magazine's 2015 Top 100 Wineries
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Releases 2012 Insignia
  • 2015 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Harvest Dedicated to Joe Phelps
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards Re-Opens its Original Winery to Visitors Following an Extensive Renovation
  • 2012 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Awarded 91 Points & Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast
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  • In Memoriam ~ Joseph Phelps